Successful Habitat Shifters: 9 Animals

Polar Bears

Polar bears hide on snow and ice from prey. Polar bears' size and fur help them tolerate cold and water. Polar bears are superb swimmers and often dive deep. Cold-water seals are eaten.


Eagles are top sky predators. Excellent eyesight, sharp beaks, and powerful talons help them hunt. Eagles are the largest birds of prey, so they can hunt larger animals. Golden eagles can kill little deer.


Wolves have strong jaws, good night vision, a keen sense of smell, and thick, warm hair. Wolves influence dog traits. Wolves have evolved into adept predators and survivors.


Woodpeckers are unusual among birds. Strong beaks allow them to bore into trees for food and nesting. A bird that bangs its head all day needs a good grip. Because of this, they have zygodactyl feet that let them climb trees.


Rare owls have many survival adaptations. Owls hear well. Barn owls have great hearing. Owls can hear mice 100 yards away. Owls' camouflage makes them difficult to spot in trees.


In a sprint, they can reach 65 mph. They're so swift because the gazelles and impalas they hunt are so speedy. Cheetahs use their markings for camouflage, like other species on this list.


Stripes and spray are skunks' most recognisable features. The spray is used to defend against predators and opponents. Skunks' black-and-white stripes deter other animals. This page discusses skunks.


Raccoons can eat and live on almost anything. People regularly witness them rummaging through dumpsters and trash cans for food. Raccoons are nocturnal and are most active at night to avoid being detected by danger.

Three-toed Sloths

Three-toed sloths have evolved to living in the trees and rarely leave. Sloths dwell in trees for safety. The sloth's lengthy arms and inactivity help it avoid predators.

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