Pandas, bamboo lemurs and bamboo rats all eat bamboo exclusively. Many other animals, such as golden monkeys, eat bamboo occasionally. Humans eat cooked bamboo shoots.
Animals that eat large quantities of bamboo have evolved mechanisms to deal with the cyanide compounds that bamboo synthesizes.
Bamboo is a type of grass. It is noted for its ability to grow very quickly. Running bamboo sends out underground shoots that can cover long distances before developing shoots that grow upwards. The woody stems of bamboo are used as a construction material and a source of fiber. The only species of bamboo native to North America is called rivercane; it was once an important natural resource for Native Americans, both as a food source and as a construction material.Learn More
The plecostomus, more commonly known as the suckermouth catfish, is omnivorous and feeds on algae, blood worms, aquatic plants and small crustaceans such as brine shrimp. In captivity it can be fed a diet of pellets, spirulina flakes or algae wafers.Full Answer >
Mammals are distinguished from other animals by having mammary glands and complex hair follicles, and by the structure of their skulls, which feature highly modified jaw bones. Mammals are also warm-blooded and have a number of adaptations to allow for high metabolism.Full Answer >
The difference between a lizard and a salamander is that a lizard is a reptile and a salamander is an amphibian. Reptiles live solely on land, while amphibians spend part of their time in the water. Hence amphibians need to be near a source of water while reptiles don't.Full Answer >
Animals that live in the emergent layer include harpy eagles, sparrowhawks, pygmy gliders, lesser dawn bats and vampire bats. Orangutans and gibbons also make their home in the rainforest's emergent layer.Full Answer >