Termites and other wood-feeding insects, beavers, giraffes, elephants, rabbits, rodents and porcupines all eat trees, in whole or in part. Wood-eating insects are able to devour thousands of trees and lumber a year, classifying them as some of the most serious and damaging wood consumers.Continue Reading
Termites are some of the most voracious wood feeders in the world. Wood borers and bark beetles also feed on wood debris.
Animals that feed on the wood and bark of trees have specialized digestive systems and turn to trees to acquire nourishment. Beavers, in particular, rely on woody vegetation for their diets, but generally eat bark in winter where food is scarce. Giraffes, elephants, rabbits, rodents and porcupines eat the external and inner bark, leaves and twigs of woody plants and the branches of trees, but not the whole tree.Learn more about Trees & Bushes
Cedar trees are evergreen and are part of the pine tree family. Western red cedars can grow to 200 feet tall and are among the largest trees in North America. The Eastern red cedar produces yellow or green blooms in winter, and the tree produces juniper berries after the blooms fall off. Other species of cedar produce cones rather than blooms.Full Answer >
As nursing mammals, baby elephants, also known as calves, have a strong sucking instinct that is part of the animal's survival skills; however, though this instinct has a definite practical purpose, it also can lead to the elephant calf sucking its trunk as a means of self soothing. This habit is similar to that of a human baby or child sucking its own thumb as a comfort mechanism, though even adult elephants can continue this behavior, which is not exactly socially acceptable in adult humans. However, elephants do put their trunks to their mouths for other reasons, including pouring water in their mouths for drinking and sucking on the trunk to better understand a smell.Full Answer >
The giraffe is the tallest animal in the world, and giraffe babies are taller than most humans. Baby giraffes stand within 30 minutes of birth and are capable of running alongside other giraffes after 10 hours of life. No two giraffes have identical sets of spots.Full Answer >
Get rid of beavers by making the area undesirable for the rodents. While shooting beavers and trapping, either by live or lethal traps, do eliminate the problem, those practices are either illegal in some areas or have limited seasons. Always check local laws before killing or relocating beavers.Full Answer >