Hot andCold Animals By Katie Mcilroy
Indian Elephants • Indian Elephants live in dry grasslands, in India and Asia, therefore they need to keep themselves cool. • Indian Elephants flap their large ears to cool their blood for circulation. • “Using thermal cameras, biologists have discovered that the creatures bodies are covered in ‘hot spots’ that can help them lose heat.” Fun Fact: Elephants also enjoy spraying themselves with water or mud to stay cool.
Qatari Camels • Qatari Camels live in the desert and in hot, dry terrains. • Because the desert in Qatar is so hot, camels need to keep cool in the day. • Since a camel’s fat is stored in the hump, their body is not insulated and they are able to keep themselves cool in a desert. Fun Fact: Contrary to a popular myth, camels do not actually store water in their humps, but fat.
Alaskan Polar Bears • Alaskan Polar Bears generally live in snowy areas, along river banks and near water. Polar bears have developed special features for keeping warm in their icy terrain. • These features include; water repellent guard hairs, dense under fur, and black skin for absorbing warmth. Fun Fact: Alaskan Polar Bears usually live alone, except when mating or rearing cubs.
Leopard Seals • Leopard Seals live in cold waters around Antarctica, so they have to keep warm to survive. • Leopard Seals can keep warm because they have a thick layer of blubber under their skins. Fun Fact: Leopard Seals sometimes play with penguins they do not intend to eat.
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