Lots of different animals and plants live in rivers. We say the river is their habitat, the environment that they live in.
Can you match the names of these plants and animals to the pictures below? (Rollover for the answer)
The animals that live in the river must be adapted to their environment. Can you match the features of the mini beast with what it is adapted for?
a) Three long tails
d) Hooked feet
e) Hard case
f) Feelers and big eyes
1) To breathe underwater
2) To hold onto rocks so it doesn’t get washed away
3) To search for food
4) To help it move by swimming
5) So predators find it hard to see
6) To protect against the flow of water and moving rocks
All living things need food to survive. Plants get their energy from the sun and make their own food. They are called Producers. Some animals eat plants. These animals are called Herbivores. Some animals eat other animals. These are called Carnivores.
We can link animals together in a Food chain. The arrow means ‘is eaten by..’