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Wolf adaptations?

Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:03 am
by Catarinab
What adaptations do wolves have? Is that adaptations for they life style?

Re: Wolf adaptations?

Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 12:50 pm
by SolitaryHowl
I don't quite understand the question.

Re: Wolf adaptations?

Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:52 pm
by Canidae
Wolves are extremely adaptable animals, meaning they can survive in nearly every biome on the planet. (Perhaps the only biome they haven't been recorded living in would be the tropical rain forest)

There are many reasons as to why they're so adaptable. For one, their body size and fur thickness change depending on their location. Arctic wolves will be very dense and have thick fur, while Mexican Gray wolves are smaller and have more sparse fur. These two adaptations alone probably account for a lot of a wolf's capability to survive. But there are other adaptations as well; wolves have special blood vessels in their noses and paws that help protect them from frostbite, for example. Another example of a wolf adaptation is their excellent endurance; wolves can travel long distances in a relatively short amount of time. And of course, I don't even need to mention a wolf's excellent senses of hearing and smell.

Re: Wolf adaptations?

Posted: Thu May 20, 2010 5:51 am
by Snowmuzzle
Thought of some more:

Their paws are large, allowing them to spread their weight when walking across snow to reduce sinking
Expressive, mobile ears, eyes, tail, etc.
Backward-curving teeth for gripping and wounding prey
Non-retractable claws are good for digging and grip when running

Re: Wolf adaptations?

Posted: Thu May 20, 2010 7:36 am
by Blightwolf
Wolves have got several anatomical and behavioral features that has made them so phenomenally adaptive to various environments and living conditions.
  • * Wolves have long and slender, nonrotatory limbs.
    * Wolves are capable or processing rotten carcasses as well as digest many parts in their prey such as raw meat, fur and bones.
    * Wolves run on their toes with their heels raised up from the ground.
    * Wolves have elbows that are turned inward and feet that are turned outward in order to physically enable them to travel faster.
    * Wolves have got narrow chests with forelegs pressed deep into the thorax which makes the mechanical motion of running lighter and therefore increases the wolves' endurance and stamina.
    * Wolves have a wide range of area receptors in their snouts and several moist surfaces on top of their noses which will catch even the most faintest and the most delicate scent signals.
    * Wolves have a sense of smell which is approximately about 100 times better than that of a human being's and they have about 14 times higher sensibility to pick out distinctive odors than a human does.
    * Wolves are constantly able to detect sounds. They can hear as far as 6 miles in woodsy areas and about 10 miles in open areas.
    * Wolves have an extremely accurate peripheral vision. Wolves have a forward-pointed sight-field of nearly 180 degrees.