Turtles have adapted to their environment by evolving differently shaped feet, shells and mouths. Turtles that live in the water often have flattened shells, while those living on land often have rounded shells. The feet of turtles reflect their habitat choice, as feet are generally webbed in aquatic species and elephant-like in terrestrial species. Turtles have mouths that suit their diet.Know More
Some of the best swimming turtles, such as soft shelled turtles and Fly River turtles, have very flat shells and webbed feet. Sea turtles take aquatic adaptation even further and have limbs that are reduced to paddles. Many aquatic turtles, such as mud and musk turtles, can swim enough to survive, but they are better suited for walking along the bottom of ponds, rivers and swamps. Land-living tortoises that have to travel long distances have pillar-like feet, well adapted for carrying their heavy bodies.
Turtles that eat large prey typically have very large, powerful mouths. Snapping turtles have large, razor-edged beaks that enable them to engulf fish and other turtles. By contrast, the strange South American freshwater turtle called the mata mata hunts by sucking fish into its mouth. Accordingly its mouth has evolved to generate powerful suction forces.Learn More
Animals have different ear shapes because the ears of each animal group are adapted for their specific environment and needs. For example, predators have ears that face forward to allow them to focus on their prey. Prey animals often have ears that can be moved around. This allows them to listen in every direction for threats.Full Answer >
Animals of the Arctic tundra have adapted to survive frigid conditions, according to the Conservation Institute. Lemmings, Arctic hares and Arctic ground squirrels are a few animals that have adapted to the cold.Full Answer >
A painted turtle can live for around 20 years in the wild, or it can live for 30 years or more in captivity. Turtles are very well known for having long lifespans, and painted turtles are no exception.Full Answer >
People have adapted to the Arctic through behavioral means, such as the manners in which they construct their homes, and physiologically, as they have thicker bodies than people from other habitats possess. Humans can adapt to many different habitats because of their intelligence, but over time, their bodies evolve to suit the habitat as well. The Arctic is one of the most challenging habitats in which humans have permanently settled.Full Answer >