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Utah's Plants and Animals - Science Language
Adaptation
To change or adjust to a new environment
Alpine
Mountainous area at high elevations.
Amphibian
An animal that can live on land and in water. They are cold-blooded, vertebrate animals that lay eggs and have gills.
Bird
Warm-blooded vertebrate animal with wings, feathers and egg layers.
Coniferous
Trees or shrubs that have cones and needles. They are also called evergreens.
Deciduous
A type of tree that sheds its leaves each year.
Desert
Biomes that are dry with scarce plant and animal life. There are cold and hot deserts.
Fish
Cold-blooded animals that live in water and have backbones, gills for breathing, and fins.
Forest
Biomes that include both deciduous and coniferous trees that cover land areas.
Grassland
Large area of flat land that has a wide temperature range.
Hibernation
To spend the winter in a deep sleep.
Insect
Animals with six legs, three body parts that are invertebrates.
Invertebrate
Animals without backbones
Mammal
A warm-blooded vertebrate with hair/fur giving live births and breathe through lungs.
Migration
To move to another region because of climate. Birds migrate to warmer places in the winter.
Reptile
A cold-blooded vertebrate with lungs and scales.
Riparian
The biome around waterways.
Spider
Invertebrate animals with eight legs.
Vertebrate
Animals with backbones
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