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Snakes display both r and K traits. They are much longer lived, produce a moderate number of eggs (some species far fewer than others).

The issue with the r/K equation is that there are too many species that have the characteristics of both the r and K types which renders the information either obvious...like humans being a definite K to some frogs that are definitely r...or with some calculated value that is essentially too general for use.

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What are the are characteristics of K-selected species?

K-selected species are present in environments that are predictable and where resources aren't necessarily fought over. A k-selected species will produce less frequently and with few children than an R (or S) selected species. It's the concept of quality over quantity. K-selected species are typically bigger, take longer to reach maturity, and live longer.


What is an r-selcted species?

An r-selected species is an animal with a high growth rate and offspring with a lower chance of living past adulthood. Examples of r-selected species are small rodents, mammals and grass.


Why are pest species likely to be extreme R-selected species?

Because of their inability to reproduce rapidly, "k"-selected species tend to be more sensitive to change and are, therefore, less able to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. This is what makes them susceptible to endangerment. - See more at: http://www.chacha.com/question/why-are-pest-species-likely-to-be-extreme-r%26%2345%3Bselected-species#sthash.E2Anrl2s.dpuf


Are lizards r strategists or k strategists?

R-selected. They produce many offspring, are weak competitors in crowded niches, and are usually of small body size. There are several species of lizard (such as the komodo dragon) that could qualify as k-strategists within their environment.


What are r strategists and k strategists?

r-strategists are species that can grow and reproduce fast to increase their population. k-strategists are species that grow and reproduce more slower than the r-strategists do.

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Is a sperm whale r-selected or k-selected species?

K-selected


What is the difference between r selected and K selected species populations?

R- Selected species have high population densities while k-selected species have lower population densities


What are the are characteristics of K-selected species?

K-selected species are present in environments that are predictable and where resources aren't necessarily fought over. A k-selected species will produce less frequently and with few children than an R (or S) selected species. It's the concept of quality over quantity. K-selected species are typically bigger, take longer to reach maturity, and live longer.


Is an iguana r selected Or k selected?

k selected


Is Miami blue butterfly K-selected or R-selected?

K selected


What is the difference between r-selected and k-selected species?

Those are reproductive strategies that identify certain species. R-selected are those that reproduce rapidly and produce a lot of progeny; bacteria are an example. K-selected are those that reproduce very slowly and are slow to mature; humans are a k-selected species. Population density is the number of organisms per unit area. Some organisms don' t like to be crowded, so the density can affect the population size. Also, some limiting factors are density-dependent, like food or living space.


Are humans r-selected or K-selected?

Humans are K-selected because they live a long life and nurture their young and also reproduce slowly.


What is an r-selcted species?

An r-selected species is an animal with a high growth rate and offspring with a lower chance of living past adulthood. Examples of r-selected species are small rodents, mammals and grass.


What is the difference between r-species and k-species?

Those are reproductive strategies that identify certain species. R-selected are those that reproduce rapidly and produce a lot of progeny; bacteria are an example. K-selected are those that reproduce very slowly and are slow to mature; humans are a k-selected species. Population density is the number of organisms per unit area. Some organisms don' t like to be crowded, so the density can affect the population size. Also, some limiting factors are density-dependent, like food or living space.


Are vultures r selected or k selected?

Vultures are k-selected organisms because they only have a few offspring, they take care of their offspring, and they do not reproduce quickly.


Why are pest species likely to be extreme R-selected species?

Because of their inability to reproduce rapidly, "k"-selected species tend to be more sensitive to change and are, therefore, less able to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. This is what makes them susceptible to endangerment. - See more at: http://www.chacha.com/question/why-are-pest-species-likely-to-be-extreme-r%26%2345%3Bselected-species#sthash.E2Anrl2s.dpuf


What has the author K R G Welch written?

K. R. G. Welch has written: 'Snakes of the world'

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