what some adaptations for this animal?
Category: Sugar Glider Diet
Question by Hello Kitty Domo eats you: what some adaptations for this animal?
a Sugar Glider.
i want/need to know what kind of adaptations they have to their habitat, predators, their diet and finding mates.
thx a bunch
Answer by Rukayah
They have semi-prehensile tails, meaning they can hold and carry small things in them (like leaves and sticks to make a nest), but can’t hang from them like a monkey does.
They also have a “grooming claw” which is actually two toes on the back feet that are fused together, and the claws on those toes are thinner and close together, making a little comb. They flick this very fast through their fur to keep it clean and fluffy.
One more thing – their mouth is very specialized. Their throat is very narrow, so they can’t swallow solid food. In order to get enough nutrition, they have several adaptations. First, their lower front teeth are very long and sharp – they scrape bark off with these to get at sweet sap (this is where the “sugar” part of their name comes in). These teeth, when not in use, are in a little sleeve in the lower gums – they actually retract the gums to push forward the teeth when they need them. Second, they have an extensive salivary gland system. They chew up their food with a lot of saliva, getting as much nutrients out as possible, and swallow only the liquid. Third, they use their very long tongue to push the dry part of the food against their upper teeth, pressing out every bit of the liquid, then spit out the solid part. They also use that long thin tongue to get sap from plants, nectar from flowers, and pollen from flowers.
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