Back to Basics- Food
It’s Back to Basics and we’re talking about eats today! Every animal must have food to survive. But each of us needs to eat something a little different. Edmond must eat apples- hehehe! We’re going to go over the terminology for what each animal eats from meat eaters to leaf eaters!
Carnivore: a carnivore is an animal that eats meat. There are many different animals that eat meat as the primary source of their diet. There are even plants that are carnivores.
Lions are true carnivores! They can eat up to 80 lbs in one sitting!
Herbivore: an animal that only eats vegetation and or plant material. Ellie and Edmond are both herbivores! Herbivores come in all shapes and sizes! They can eat everything from grass, roots, bark, seeds, flowers and fruits.
Elephants are herbivores!
Omnivore: an animal that eats both plants and animals. Omnivores are a very diverse group of animals that include; raccoons, crows, pigs, some monkeys and some species of fish!
A crow is an omnivore.
Insectivore: a mammal or plant that primarily eats insects.
Hedgehogs love their bugs!
Frugivores: animals who eat mostly fruit as their main diet.
Orangutans are frugivores! They spend most of the day in the trees looking for fruit!
Folivore: an herbivore that specializes in eating leaves. Some examples of folivores include hoatzin, pandas, koalas, giraffes, sloths, caterpillars and iguanas.
Koalas only eat eucalyptus leaves!
Nectarivore: an animal whose diet primarily consists of nectar. Nectarivores include mammals like bats, insects like butterflies and birds like hummingbirds
Hummingbirds eat nectar! It sure is sweet!
Each animal is fits in its own niche in its habitat! If they all ate the same thing the resources would be scarce! Often we think of the food chain, but it really is a web. All the animals are connected in a web. It is complicated web of animals that eat other animals and animals that eat plants and nectar. Tomorrow we’ll talk a little more about this!