Where animals are on the food chain

Posted on March 9, 2012 in Uncategorized by fl1504015

Omnivores, carnivores, herbivores, decomposers, and producers, they all have different diets so that means that they are on different places on the food chain.

At the very bottom of the food chain are the plants which are the producers. They get there energy from the light from the sun through a process called photosynthesis. Producers take non-living material from the environment like gases and minerals to help them stay alive

The next layer of the food chain is called the primary consumers. Consumers are animals that eat plants; you may know them as herbivores. Producers are depended on by herbivores because they don’t eat meat so without producers, consumers wouldn’t be able to sustain life.

The next level above primary consumers consists of omnivores and herbivores. This level is called secondary consumers. The animals that make up this level can eat omnivores carnivores and herbivores because they can eat meat and plants.

After the primary consumers comes the tertiary level. This layer has animals that eat carnivores and omnivore. Some examples of animals that are on this level of the food chain are animals like a snake or a seal. Both of these animals are considered tertiary consumers because they eat other carnivores. Usually, tertiary consumers are only hunted by quaternary consumers.

Finally the very last level of the food chain is called the quaternary level. This level of the food chain is made up of quaternary consumers. Quaternary consumers are animals that eat tertiary consumers. They are usually carnivores, but they can sometimes be omnivores. Organisms that are quaternary consumers usually do not have any predators. If they do have predators, they have very few predators. Some examples of quaternary consumers are hawks, and a white shark. After the animal dies, they may be eaten by scavengers. Scavengers are animals that eat dead things, so they are scavengers. An example of a scavenger is a buzzard. If the animal is not eaten by a scavenger they are
decomposed by decomposers.

So overall, depending on the animal and what it eats decides on where it’s at on the food chain.

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Predator and Prey of Omnivores, Carnivores, and Herbivores

Posted on March 1, 2012 in Uncategorized by fl1504015

A predator is an animal that gets their food by hunting and killing other animals. Omnivores and carnivores can both be classified as predators, or they can also be called scavengers which means they feed off of other animals that already died. Some predators can be lions, sharks, and eagles. Just because an animal is a predator doesn’t mean they can be a prey, it all comes down to where they are on the food chain. For instance a snake is carnivore and it is also a predator because snakes eat mice, but snakes can be eaten by eagles and hawks, so that makes them the prey as well.

Herbivores eat all day so they can keep their energy level up. Herbivores are primary consumers because they eat primary producers, but they get eaten by omnivores and carnivores. An example of this would be a turtle getting eaten by an alligator.

Omnivores are classified as secondary consumers because they eat animals and they also get eaten by animal where primary consumers only get eaten by animals. Omnivores can also be classified as scavenger or a predator, and a lot of the animals eat the eggs of other animals. An example of this would be a coyote eating a raccoon. The raccoon is the omnivore.

Carnivores eat herbivores the most out of all three, but they can also eat omnivores and other carnivores. They can be either a predator or a scavenger. An example of a scavenger carnivore is a vulture because they eat road kill. If you were to take carnivores out of the ecosystem, there would be no balance. The reason there are carnivores is so that omnivores and herbivores can maintain a balanced population. An example of a carnivore eating an herbivore would be a lion eating a zebra.

Primary consumers, secondary consumers, and scavengers are not the only type of animals, there are also producers which include plants, and they get their energy but light from the sun. If you were to take out producers from the ecosystem, nothing would be able to maintain a habitat.

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“What are predators, omnivores, and herbivores?” eHow.com. eHow, n.d. Web. 1 Mar. 2012.

 

http://www.ehow.com/info_8749551_predators-omnivores-herbivores.html

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What are the different adaptations of omnivores, carnivores, and herbivores?

Posted on February 23, 2012 in Uncategorized by fl1504015

Did you know that Herbivores get the least amount of sleep? That’s one of their adaptations, along with quick speed, flat teeth, and there able to run on a minimal amount of sleep. Their adaptations really depend on the type of animal it is.

Quick speed allows the herbivores to escape their predator faster and easier. Their flat teeth make them able to grind up plants easier than it would be with sharp, pointy teeth. Also with them being able to run on minimal amounts of sleep, they can spend most of their day finding food and a place to hide from omnivores and carnivores.

Some different adaptations for omnivores include sharp teeth in front and flat teeth in back, tough paws, and are able to eat a wide variety of food. They have sharp teeth in front and flat teeth in back so they can eat plants and meat easier. They have tough paws because they tend to live in extreme terrains. They can eat plants and animals, that’s twice as much as a variety than herbivores and carnivores.

Lastly is the carnivore, their mouth is full of sharp, pointy teeth so than can shred the meat that they eat. Also they have a tongue that makes everything they eat taste a lot sweeter than it actually is so they can eat basically any animal they want and it won’t taste as bad as it would if an omnivore or an herbivore ate it. And one other adaptation that most carnivores share is that they have a special digestive tract that makes it able for them to go days even months without eating anything because catching wild animals isn’t always easy.

So whether its and omnivore, carnivore, or an herbivore, their diet isn’t the only thing that sets them apart.

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http://www.ehow.com/list_6755795_adaptation-differences-herbivores-carnivores.html

“Adaptations Differences Herbivores,” Carnivores, and Omnivores.” eHow.com. eHow, n.d. Web. 23 Feb 2012.

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What different habitats do Omnivores, Carnivores, and Hebivores live in?

Posted on February 9, 2012 in Uncategorized by fl1504015

Omnivores, carnivores and herbivores all have different habitats. For instance, some examples of omnivores are grey foxes, grizzly bears, and red foxes. Just because these are all omnivores doesn’t mean they all have the same habitat. The gray fox is kind of peppery grey on top and a brownish red on the bottom with a long bushy tail with a black stripe on top. They live in many different places but usually places with a lot of woods and brush. The grizzly bear, also known as the brown bear, lives along rivers and streams in coastal areas, mountains, meadows, and in the tundra in Europe and Asia. Lastly the red fox has orangish-red fur on its back and white fur on his belly and chest. They usually live in the prairies, farmlands, and woodland areas.

Some different types of herbivores are moose, viceroy butterflies and zebra long tail butterflies. The moose is the largest type of deer. They can weigh up to 1700 pounds, and only the males have antlers. Moose usually live near streams ponds and swamps with tons of trees. The viceroy butterfly has dark orange wings with black veins and white dots; they live in meadows and marshes. You can find the zebra long tail butterfly in damp places that are usually tropical and warm. They have long skinny wings with black and white stripes.

Finally we have the carnivores, which include animals like the Florida panther, American badger, and the Canadian lynx. The Florida panther lives in both wet and dry lands. It also lives in thick swamps and places where it’s dry. This panther has short tan fur with a white mouth chest and stomach and a long tail. The American badger is fat with short legs. Its fur can be brown or it can be black with long fur and whites stripes on his cheeks and on the top of his head, and they usually live in prairies and by farmlands. And lastly is the Canadian lynx. The Canadian lynx lives in deep forests near rocky places, bogs and swamps, they have very thick hair that is light brown and the tips of their ears are black.

So just because animals eat the same kind of food doesn’t mean they live in the same place.

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What’s the difference between Omnivores, Carnivores, and Herbivores?

Posted on February 3, 2012 in Uncategorized by fl1504015

  The main difference between Herbivores, Carnivores & Omnivores is there diet. Herbivores only eat grasses, plants, flowers and sometimes wood while carnivores are just the opposite, they only eat meats. But omnivores are right in the middle of each of these, they eat all the things that herbivores eat and all the things that carnivores eat.

Another difference between all of these is their jaws and teeth. For instance, carnivores have to have wide mouths and strong jaw muscles in order for them to eat some of the thing they eat. Herbivores on the other hand are just the opposite, they have a small mouth and a strong tongue so it’s easier for them to move food around in their mouth and grind it on the flat molar teeth in the back of their mouth. Omnivores have flat molar teeth that they use for grinding like herbivores’ and they have sharp teeth to tear off meat like carnivores.

Swallowing is another thing that set these three apart. Omnivores and herbivores have enzymes in there spit to help break down the plant and other food that they eat while carnivores do not have enzymes to help them break down food, they just swallow the chunks whole because if they had enzymes that help them break down protein, it would damage the inside of their mouth. Omnivores and herbivores chew their food so they can tear though the strong outer wall of the plant.

Carnivores have very large stomachs, so large that it can hold between 60 and 70 percent of their whole digestive tract. But herbivores have very small stomachs and they process smaller piles of food. Carnivores process food more quickly because their stomach acid level is 1 to 2 pH all the time. Herbivore process food because they have less acidic stomach juices. Some herbivores that eat things that are more difficult to digest have stomach chambers. Animal that have these are called ruminants.

Carnivores and omnivores can be very similar when it comes to inside organs. They both have simple digestive tracts and liver. Their liver can detoxify vitamin A, and herbivores cant.

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“What’s the differences between Herbivores, Carnivores, & Omnivores?” eHow.com. eHow, n.d. Web. 1 Feb. 2012.

http://www.ehow.com/info_8460297_differences-between-herbivores-carnivores-omnivores.html