In deserts, secondary consumers include species such as snakes, spiders and raptors that feed on smaller animals classified as herbivores. Secondary consumers, unlike primary consumers, eat mostly meat. They take the form of animals such as roadrunners, foxes, owls, hawks and vultures.Continue Reading
Secondary consumers rank high on the desert food chain; only tertiary consumers rank higher. The food chain begins with producers. Those organisms, primarily plants and vegetation, make their own food supplies. Most perform photosynthesis, which involves absorbing sunlight and converting light to energy. Plants make energy in the form of sugars called glucose. Producers supply primary consumers with energy.
Primary consumers include small mammals like rodents, chipmunks and squirrels. They exist in larger numbers in most desert environments than secondary consumers, giving secondary consumers a variety of food choices. Some predators, like rattlesnakes, make noise to catch prey. Others, like the Elf Owl, take a silent, stealthy approach instead. These owls produce no noise during flight. They sneak up on unsuspecting predators; soft feathers on their wing tips damper noise. Elf owls reside in deserts across the American Southwest, and extend their range into parts of Mexico as well. Elf owls feed primarily on insects like moths, beetles and scorpions. In turn, other desert predators such as foxes and coyotes consume owls.Learn more about Economics
Primary and secondary consumers create the backbone of food chains: primary consumers, such as small bugs and insects, feed on plant matter and organic material while secondary consumers eat other animals. In addition to primary and secondary consumers, some food chains have a third level of consumers called tertiary consumers. These consumers are classified as carnivores, along with secondary consumers, and take the form of predatory birds and larger mammals.Full Answer >
Desert tortoises are herbivores, and their diet in the wild consists of grasses, some species of cacti and their flowers, shrubs and wild flowers. Desert tortoises generally eat fresh plant materials, though their diet greatly depends on their specific region and the availability of food.Full Answer >
Koalas are known as herbivores, which are animals that feed primarily on plants and plant leaves. Koalas feed primarily on the leaves of the eucalyptus tree.Full Answer >
Primary consumers are animals that eat producers, and since producers are almost always green plants, primary consumers can most simply be defined as herbivores, such as cows and deer. "Consumer" and "producer," in this usage, refer to the production and consumption of energy in a form that can be used for life processes. Ecologists talk of consumers and producers when discussing food webs in a particular place.Full Answer >