What Are Some Animals That Eat Cactus?

What Are Some Animals That Eat Cactus?

What Are Some Animals That Eat Cactus?

Some of the animals that eat cactus include the pack rat, pocket mouse, Gila woodpecker and the long-nosed bat. One cactus — the Saguaro cactus — has a smooth and waxy skin that is covered with 2-inch spikes; the different areas providing sustenance for different animals.

The Saguaro cactus has a blooming flower with nectar that bees and butterflies drink. In early summer, the cactus will produce creamy white flowers that can measure up to 3 inches in width. The Gila woodpecker uses the Saguaro cactus as a source of water and as a place to nests. By pecking a few holes in the cactus, the woodpecker can determine whether or not to live in it.