Can you list 6 adaptations of a zebra and explain how each of them help them survive?
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- Stripes: Zebra's stripes are the first thing anyone notices. These stripes ensure that predators are unable to focus on one zebra; they act as camouflage. They also break up the outline of a single zebra and thus make it harder for predators to judge distances.
- Multiple teeth types: Zebras have strong incisors in the front (to bite grass) and molars/premolars in the rear (to grind food). They have large, high-crowned grinding teeth that enable grinding of grass containing high silica content.
- Herd animals: living in herds or families ensures protection from predators and safety of their young.
- Digestive tract: Zebras have cecum, where most of the digestion of food takes place, which enables faster uptake of food by the digestive tract and nutrients from low quality food.
- They can run for long distances due to their stamina and this may help them outrun predators.
- Strong hindlegs: can be used to kick potential predators and thus break free.