Bears, deer and wolves are examples of omnivores, herbivores and carnivores respectively. Many animals that are considered carnivores, such as foxes, actually eat plants as well. Not only do red foxes eat fruit, but they sometimes eat carrion.Continue Reading
Bears are largely omnivorous. Both grizzly bears and black bears eat nuts and berries as well as fish. However, panda bears are strictly herbivorous. Ants are an unusual example of omnivores. They eat seeds but feed on insects as well if given the opportunity.
Herbivores are either grazers or browsers, which means they graze on grass and small plants on or near the ground or browse on leaves and twigs from larger plants. Elephants do both, while giraffes are especially adapted to browsing in treetops with their long necks. Deer are an example of herbivores and are an important source of food for carnivores like wolves and lions.
Carnivores include dogs and cats. In fact, carnivores evolved millions of years ago roughly into two groups: the ancestors of cats and the ancestors of dogs. Throughout time, the cat-like carnivore group evolved into mongooses, cats and hyenas. The dog-like group evolved into dogs, seals, raccoons, badgers and wolverines. Among this group, raccoons and bears are considered omnivores.Learn more about Zoology
The major difference between these three groups is that carnivores eat meat, herbivores eat plants, and omnivores eat a little of both. Each has a different kind of teeth and digestive system that helps it eat and digest its food.Full Answer >
As with any complex food chain, the food chain of the African savanna (grassland) is composed of a hierarchy of carnivores that eat herbivores, which eat basic producers. At the bottom of the food chain lie the scavengers and decomposers, which break down any remaining matter.Full Answer >
The intestines of herbivores are far longer in proportion to their body length than those of carnivores. Carnivores have small intestines equal to 3 to 6 times their body length. Herbivores have small intestines equal to 10 to 12 times their body length, in some cases even longer.Full Answer >
The four types of consumers in ecology are herbivores, carnivores, omnivores and decomposers. Herbivores consume only vegetation and carnivores consume only other animals. Omnivores consume a mixed diet of plants and animals and decomposers consume plant and animal remains.Full Answer >