Physical and Behavioral Adaptations

Sky Hunters

Laura J Lopez

EDLD 5364 Teaching with Technology

Lamar University

  • Overview of Physical and Behavioral Adaptations

  • Physical Adaptations

  • Behavioral Adaptations


Overview of Physical and Behavioral Adaptations:


Adaptations are any behavioral or physical characteristics of an animal that help it to survive in its environment. These characteristics fall into three main categories: body parts, body coverings, and behaviors. Any or all of these types of adaptations play a critical role in the survival of an animal.


A physical adaption is some type of structural modification made to a part of the body.


  • Webbed feet
  • Sharp Claws
  • Large beaks
  • Wings/Flying
  • Feathers
  • Fur
  • Scales
Pictures of some Physical Adaptations
Examples of Physical Adaptations

Behavioral Adaptions

A Behavioral Adaptation is something an animal does - how it acts - usually in response to some type of external stimulus.

Examples of some Behavioral Adaptions:

  • What an animal is able to eat
  • How an animal moves
  • How an animal may protect itself

Migration  * Hibernation  * Dormancy  *  Camouflage