Elephants, rhinos, moose, squirrels and giraffes are all herbivores.Herbivores are the second level of the food chain and are the primary consumers, or first consumers, on the food chain.Continue Reading
Many people think that herbivores must eat the same food every day, but herbivores actually eat a variety of plant foods. It depends on the kind of herbivore. Grazers are herbivores who eat grass and other small plants that are found on or near the ground. An example of a grazer is a squirrel. Browsers are herbivores who eat leaves off of plants, shoots and twigs. Browsers eat primarily food that is higher up in the air. Some of the largest herbivores are both grazers and browsers including elephants, moose and rhinos.
Herbivores have ridges in their teeth that make it easier for them to chew food into smaller pieces, and they can digest it easier. These animals are also built in ways that help them gather the plant food that they need, such as the giraffe. Giraffes are built with long, tall necks that can help them reach the treetops for leaves off of acacia trees. Deer are able to bend easily to eat grass. Herbivores can also be found in a variety including the desert where kangaroo rats, mice and other small rodents snack on seeds and small plants.Learn more about Zoology
Wolves, cougars, owls, sea lions and walruses are examples of carnivores, while koalas, pandas, gazelles, zebras and caterpillars are herbivores. Humans, ostriches, box turtles, black bears, red foxes and squirrels are omnivores. Carnivores feed on other animals, herbivores only feed on plant life and omnivores consume plants and animals.Full Answer >
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 >
Phytoplankton are essential because they form the foundation of the marine food chain. Phytoplankton are the primary food source for everything from microscopic organisms to whales. Phytoplankton also remove vast amounts carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which helps regulate global surface temperatures. Even small changes in phytoplankton populations may impact the atmosphere and climate.Full Answer >
Hyenas are apex predators that sit at the top of the food chain. They prey upon a number of herbivores, including gazelles, impalas, wildebeests and zebras. Few animals are capable of catching and killing healthy adult hyenas but lions, leopards, hunting dogs and other hyenas occasionally eat sick and young hyenas.Full Answer >