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Cave Animals

 
 

OTHER MINI-LESSONS

• Introduction: The Science of Caves

• Visit the Paleolithic Cave at Lascaux

• Caves in the United States

• Sea Caves

• Cave Animals

Animals use caves in different ways. Some animals, including humans, use caves only for temporary shelter. Other creatures are dependent on the cave environment for their survival. Trogloxenes (literally “cave guests”), such as raccoons or bats, live near the cave entrance, and venture into the cave to find food or shelter from the elements. Troglophiles (literally “cave lovers”) are animals such as daddy longlegs and cave salamanders that sometimes live in caves but can also be found elsewhere. Finally, troglobytes, such as the blind Texas salamander and the blind flatworm, are animals that live in caves and depend on the cave for survival.
  1. Encourage the cave lovers in your class to learn about the three different types of animals that live in or visit caves. Keep a running chart of the three types. As you continue to explore cave Web sites and other sources, decide whether each animal you discover is a trogloxene, a troglophile, or a troglobyte.
  2. Once you have your chart of cave-dwelling animals, work as a class on a set of animal cards or PowerPoint slides about each animal. Each slide should include
    Name of animal:
    Type of cave dweller:
    Description:
    Size:
    Diet:
    Habitat:
  3. Present your slide show to other classes to share your great discoveries.
USEFUL WEB SITES
Cave Plants and Animals
www.scsc.k12.ar.us/ChadickD/cave_plants_and_animals.htm



Cave Life
http://library.thinkquest.org/J002339/cavelife.html?tqskip1=1&tqtime=0613

www.nps.gov/maca/learnhome/learnhome.htm


Waitomo Cave Glow Worms
www.new-zealand.com/WaitomoCaves/about_glowworms.html


Bat Conservation and Management
www.batmanagement.com/links.html


Bats, Bats Everywhere
members.aol.com/bats4kids/


Bats at Bracken Cave
www.thewildones.org/Animals/mexFree.html/

ladybats.tripod.com/bat8one.html/