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.Know More
Carnivores have physical traits specifically made for catching and consuming meat. Many carnivores have sharp teeth for tearing flesh, strong jaws or talons for trapping prey and keen vision for spotting prey. Herbivores usually have broad teeth for breaking down plants and seeds and stomachs adapted to digesting plant matter. Herbivores are further classified by the type of plants they eat, such as folivores, or animals that eat fruit. Omnivores are able to digest a variety of foods, allowing them to modify their diets when an ecosystem is threatened.
In an ecosystem, carnivores, herbivores and omnivores rely on each other for survival, and declining or increasing populations in one group can affect the sustainability of another. For example, carnivores typically feed on herbivores, regulating the number of plant-eating animals in one area. When human hunting practices reduce the number of carnivorous predators, the herbivore population may grow until it exceeds the local food supply. On the other hand, land development can deprive herbivores of plant life to eat, causing them to die off, drastically reducing the food supply for carnivores.Learn more about Zoology
Polar bears are carnivores that mostly eat seals, particularly ringed seals but also bearded seals, harp seals and hooded seals. Polar bears eat only the calorie-rich blubber of their prey, abandoning the rest of the animal. They will also eat walruses, seabirds, small mammals, fish and small amounts of vegetation, and will consume any suitable carrion they come across.Full Answer >
Animals that eat only meat are called carnivores. Carnivores gain all or most of their nutrition from the flesh of other animals. Carnivores are usually either predators, which hunt and kill the animals they eat, or scavengers, which eat only animals killed by other creatures.Full Answer >
Dragonflies are carnivores that feed mainly on mosquitoes, flies and bees. Dragonflies live close to water and are prevalent in wetland habitats.Full Answer >
Octopuses are carnivores that feed on crabs, clams, squid and fish by catching their prey and then returning to their dens to consume it. A variety of methods are used to extract the edible portion of their prey from a shell, such as pulling it apart with their appendages, using the beaks at the center of their arms to crush it or drilling into the shell and injecting a paralyzing venom into a still-living meal. After an octopus consumes its prey, it will leave the skeletal remains, called "middens," outside its den.Full Answer >