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Animals Vocabulary List & Definitions

Words Definitions
1. adapt The ability of an animal to change its behavior and characteristics in order to survive in its environment.
2. amphibian A classification of cold-blooded, vertebrate animals that usually have smooth skin and spend the first stages of their life as aquatic animals with gills.
3. bird A classification of vertebrate animals that are warm-blooded, feathered, and lay eggs.
4. camouflage The natural coloration and/or markings of an animal that allow it to visually blend in with its surroundings, helping it to avoid detection by predators or potential prey.
5. carnivore The term used to describe animals that primarily eat meat.
6. exotic An animal that is not found locally in the wild and is usually brought in from a foreign location.
7. extinct A species of animal that no longer exists.
8. ecosystem The interaction of organisms with their immediate environment or habitat that provides a functional, beneficial, and self-sustaining co-existence.
9. herbivore The term used to describe animals that primarily eat plants.
10. habitat The characteristics of the native environment in which an animal normally lives.
11. mammal A classification of warm-blooded, vertebrate animals that have hair or fur and are usually live-bearers instead of laying eggs.
12. omnivore The term used to describe animals that eat both plants and meat.
13. prey An animal that is hunted by another animal as a food source.
14. predator An animal that hunts or attacks another animal as a food source.
15. reptile A classification of cold-blooded, vertebrate animals that usually have scales and lay eggs; common members include snakes, lizards, alligators, and turtles.

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