Todays biology lesson is about vertebrates. The term vertebrates is an animal of a large group distinguished by the possession of a backbone or spinal column, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fishes. Notice the bold words. These are all the different categories of vertebrates that we are going to be discussing in this weeks lesson. Please take some time to go over the material below to familiarize yourself with the deffination and example of each category. YAY!
Mammals–a warm-blooded vertebrate animal of a class that is distinguished by the possession of hair or fur, the secretion of milk by females for the nourishment of the young, and (typically) the birth of live young.
Birds-a warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrate distinguished by the possession of feathers, wings, and a beak and (typically) by being able to fly.
Reptiles-a vertebrate animal of a class that includes snakes, lizards, crocodiles, turtles, and tortoises. They are distinguished by having a dry scaly skin and typically laying soft-shelled eggs on land
Amphibians-a cold-blooded vertebrate animal of a class that comprises the frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders. They are distinguished by having an aquatic gill-breathing larval stage followed (typically) by a terrestrial lung-breathing adult stage.
Fish-a limbless cold-blooded vertebrate animal with gills and fins and living wholly in water.
After reading the description of each vertebrates category and looking at all of the pictures please comment with answers to any of the following questions.
What is the name of the mammal in the example?
What kind of bird is represented in the picture?
What are popular colors of frogs?
What type of fish is in the picture?
What kind of food do chameleons eat?
Tip: you are more than welcome to research if you do not know an answer to any of the following questions.