A quaternary consumer is an animal that is at the top of the food chain. These animals mainly eat or prey on animals below them on the food chain, such as tertiary and secondary consumers.Continue Reading
Some examples of quaternary consumers are hawks and white sharks, which also are carnivores. While a hawk can eat snakes, a shark can eat seals. Seals and snakes are tertiary consumers.
In the food chain of an ecosystem, trophic levels or feeding positions exist, for example, primary producers, primary consumers, secondary consumers, tertiary consumers and quaternary consumers. While primary consumers are usually herbivores, secondary consumers can be either carnivores or omnivores.Learn more about Financial Calculations
No animal eats anaconda snakes, as this predator is on top of the food chain. Anacondas are in danger of being exterminated by humans, who kill them either out of fear or for commercial purposes, for the snakes' skin.Full Answer >
Tigers are generally at the top of the food chain and classified as apex predators, so they aren't afraid of any other animal. One exception to this is the case of tigers living in the range of particular bear species, as they sometimes are killed by bears when competing for food or disputing a kill.Full Answer >
An animal's niche refers to its place in its ecological food chain, and a coyote's niche is at the top of the food chain as it does not have many, if any, predators. The coyote is a ferocious predator that preys on many animals leading to a reduction of animal populations of small carnivore creatures such as white-tailed deer and red fox.Full Answer >
In a food chain, a second-level consumer is an organism that eats a first-level or primary-level consumer. For example, in a grassland biome, a snake is a second-level consumer that eats a primary-level consumer such as a rabbit. While a second-level consumer is a carnivorous or omnivorous animal, a first-level consumer is an herbivore.Full Answer >