Purple Gallinule

Northern jacanas and purple gallinules are shore birds. Did you notice their long toes? This adaptation lets them walk on floating water plants.

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Jacana and gallinule

Jacana and gallinule

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Capybara

Capybaras are the world’s largest rodents. Their partially webbed feet are useful not only for swimming, but also for supporting their weight on muddy riverbanks in the wild.
Left: Capybaras in Water
Right: Capybara Foot

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Green basilisk

Green basilisks can escape predators by running across the surface of the water.
Their long, partially webbed feet make for a large surface that helps keep them afloat. If they slow down, they will sink – but they are also excellent swimmers.
Left: Green basilisk hind leg
Right: Green basilisk

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Yellow-spotted Amazon Turtle

The shell of yellow-spotted Amazon turtles is well adapted to their natural surroundings: its flattened shape lets them glide through the water more easily. Their webbed feet also help them move around faster, which is useful when they are hunting for food or fleeing predators.

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Yellow-spotted Amazon Turtle Nostrils

Did you see their large nostrils? That’s so they can breathe while remaining hidden in the water.

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Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • Learn more about the ecosystems in the Americas;
  • Observe the diversity that each ecosystem offers regarding the flora, fauna as well as climate;
  • Identify the elements that shape different ecosystems, such as vegetation, wildlife, soil, etc.;
  • Develop different causes and consequences of human actions on ecosystems (from grade 4);
  • Formulate and justify possible solutions on issues, such as global warming, in order to preserve our ecosystems and biodiversity on Earth (from grade 6).

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