Life Cycles

Have you ever wondered what the life cycle of certain types of animals are?  Well, some of you probably have and that’s what you will learn.  Carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores all have different life cycles that make them unique.

The first life cycle is that of a carnivore.  The tiger’s life cycle is very interesting.  First, when a female tiger and a male tiger mate, it takes about one hundred and three days for the female tiger to have her cubs.  A tiger usually has two to three cubs, but they can have up to seven cubs.  The female tiger will usually feed the tiger milk for about eight weeks.  When the eight weeks are up, the tiger will teach her young cubs how to hunt.  Sometimes, a cub will stay with its mother for three years.  After the three years are up, the tiger will live on its own.  A tiger usually lives between fifteen and twenty years.

The next life cycle is that of an omnivore.  The raccoons usually breed between the months of February and March.  Usually, the mother will have her young during early spring, or the months of April and May.  When the mother has her young, the litter usually is between three and six raccoons.  The mother will then nurse her young for two to four months after having them.  Even though the mother stops nursing her young, they will still stay together until it is the breeding period again, which is February and March.  Then the raccoon will go out on its own.  A raccoon can live between ten and twelve years, but they rarely do because they are usually shot before they even reach that age.

The last life cycle is the life cycle of an herbivore.  There are three stages to an elephants life, and they are the baby stage, the adolescent stage, and the adult stage.  Once the mother mates, it usually takes about two years for the baby elephant to be born.  For the first three to five years of the elephants’s life, the mother gives the elephant everything the the baby elephant needs. It will then start to wean the elephant off of its milk.The baby stage of the elephant usually lasts between five and ten years.  The next part of  the life cycle of an elephant is the adolescent stage.  During the adolescent stage, the male elephant will start to leave the main herd and start forming a new herd.  The female , however, will still stay with its same herd.  The stage in the elephants life usually lasts between five and ten years.  The last stage to an elephants life is the adult stage.  In the Adult stage, other elephants begin to mate other elephants.  The female elephant usually stops having babies when she is fifty years old.  Elephants usually live about seventy years.

Overall, carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores have different life cycle and different life expectancies.  Some life expectancies may vary, depending on the type of animal and the life cycle will change as well.  This is the life expectancies and life cycles of animals that are carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores.

Works Cited

“Elephant Life Cycle.” www.andrews-elephants.com. andrews-elephant, n.d. Web. 8 Mar. 2012.

“Raccoon Lifecycle.” www.crittercatchersinc.com. Critter Catchers, 2007. Web. 8 Mar.2012.

“Tigers.” www.kidcyber.com. kidcyber, 2011. Web. 8 Mar. 2012.

Image of raccoons: http://crittertales.org/handy_critter_tips.htm.

Image of elephants: http://chasingelephants.tumblr.com/post/4166443379/life-cycle.

 

 

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Where Animals are Found at on the Food Chain

Where do carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores fall at in the food
chain?  The answer is quite simple, and many of you might already know the answer to the question. Carnivores, herbivores and omnivores, all have different diets that determine where they are placed in the food chain or the food web.

The type of animal that is right above the plants on the food chain, are herbivores. Most times, this level of the food chain is called the primary consumer. This level of the food chain only eats plants, which are called the producers. Some examples of some animals that would be found on this level are, elephants, rabbits, and many other types of animals that are herbivores.

The next level of the food chain is made up of omnivores and herbivores. The animals that make up this level of the food chain are often called secondary consumers. The animals that make up this level of the food chain usually eat other types of omnivores, carnivores, and herbivores. This section of the food chain eats meat. But, since there are omnivores that are included in this section of the food chain, some of the animals eat plants, too.

The next level of the food chain is called the Tertiary level. This layer consists of animals that eat other carnivores, and omnivores. Some examples of animals that lie on this level of the food chain are animals such as 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.

The 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 detrivores. Detrivores are animals that eat dead things, so they are scavengers. An example of a detrivore is a buzzard. If the animal is not eaten by a detrivore they are
decomposed by decomposers.

Overall, it depends on what an animal eats and if the animal is a carnivore, herbivore, or omnivore that decides what type of consumer the animal is and where they fall on the food chain. Animals that are on the bottom of the food chain have many predators, while, the closer that you get to the top, the fewer predators that the animal has. Also, the different levels of the food chain hunt different things, which make it unique. Another thing is that, without the producer, the food chain would not be able to exist. This is where the animals fall at on the food chain and why they fall there.

 

Works Cited

” Food Cahins and Food Webs.” www.enchantedlearning.com.  Enchanted Learning, 2006-2010. Web. 1 Mar. 2012

” Food Chain and Food Web.” king.portlandschools.org. n.a, n.d. Web. 1 Mar. 2012

” Biotic Factors- The Rainforest.” grmsbiomes.pbworks.com. PB Works, n.d. 2012

Image of food chain: http://kellyjstoner.wordpress.com/2011/07/15/lions-tigers-and-bears-oh-my/

 

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Carnivores, Omnivores, and Herbivores’ adaptations

Have you ever wondered how carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores are adapted for their diet?  Well, I have and I am sure that many other people have come to the same question.  In fact, carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores have different kinds of adaptations that cause them to eat what they eat.

There are many different adaptations that carnivores have that help them get their food.  Some carnivores like a wolf, have really sharp teeth that help them rip through the meat that they eat from the animals in which they kill.  Another adaptation that they have is that carnivores, like wolves, have really powerful jaws that they use to bite into animals and bring them down into the ground.  Also, some birds that are carnivores, like a hawk or an owl, have really sharp talons that they use to catch their prey with.  Some carnivores that live under water, like a sea lion, have bodies that help them move faster through the water, because it is in a torpedo shape.

Omnivores have many different types of adaptations that help them survive.  One of the adaptations is that animals, like a raccoon, have sharp teeth in the front to help them chew meat, and big molars in the back of their mouths that help them chew any vegetation that it finds.  Another adaptation that an omnivore has is that some of them, like an opossum, can live in both rural and urban areas.  The reason why an opossum is able to live in rural and urban areas is because they are able to get their food from digging through the garbage when they can’t find any other sources of food.  Also, some omnivores have really long fingers that they use to their advantage.  This is helpful to the animal, because they can use their long fingers to pick off fruit and other types of vegetation.

The last type is an herbivore.  Herbivores also have many different types of adaptations that they use to their advantage.  One of the adaptations that they have is that herbivores, like sheep, have really big molars that help them chew through any vegetation that they eat.  Another adaptation is that animals, like cows, have two stomachs.  The first stomach is used to store the food that the animal eats. While  the second stomach is used when the animal regurgitates its food or spits it back up.  The animal then chews the food again and the food is sent to the second stomach.  The last adaptation that I am going to talk about is that animals, like squirrels, have really big teeth that help them chew through hard seeds.

Overall, carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores have different types of adaptations that help them survive in their environment, and get the food that they eat in order to survive.  The all have different types of teeth that help them survive.  They all have different ways that they get their food, and they have different environments that suit them better.  These are the adaptations of carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores.

Works Cited

“Carnivores.” www.nhptv.org . New Hampshire Public Television, 2012. Web. 23 Feb. 21012.

“Herbivores.” www.saburchill.com . n.a. n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2012.

“Omnivore.” nationalgeographic.com. National Geographic Education, n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2012.

Image of an omnivore and herbivore jaw: http://www.oldschool.com.sg/index.php/module/PublicAccess/action/Wrapper/sid/

Image of  a carnivore and herbivore jaw:  http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/prog/wildlife/herbivores.html

 

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A Carnivore, Herbivore, and Omnivore’s Diet

Do omnivores, carnivores, and herbivores exist in all of the regions around the world?  Research has shown that they do not. Only certain species can live in extreme climates such as the tundra, the desert,and the Rain Forest, and this often plays a factor in their diet.  

One  of the extreme climates, for example is the Tundra.  In this climate ther are no omnivores, and if there are, there are very few.  There are carnivores, though.  An example of a carnivore that lives in the tundra is an arctic fox.  The diet of an arctic fox is actually interesting because it will sometimes be kind of like a scavenger.  Usually, an arctic fox will eat small animals like birds, and their eggs.  When they don’t eat those they follow the polar bears and eat what the polar bears left behind so it is easy food for them.  The other type of animal that lives in the tundra is a herbivore. An example of a herbivore that lives in the tundra is a musk ox.  The diet of a musk ox consists of all the vegetation that it can eat like small grasses and small shrubs.

Another extreme environment is the desert.  The desert consist of carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores.  An example of a carnivore is a caracal which is an animal that looks like a lynx.  The diet of the caracal is made up of rodents, antelope, and gazelles.  An example of an omnivore in the desert is the fennec fox.  The fennec fox eats lizards birds, and it also eats berries.  The last example is an example of a herbivore.  An example of a herbivore that lives in the desert is the kangaroo rat.  The kangaroo rat eats a wide variety of vegetation.  Some of the vegetation that the kangaroo rat eats is grass seeds, leaves and different types of fruit.

The last extreme environment that I am going to talk about is the rain forest.  The rain forest has a wide variety of different carnivores, omnivores and herbivores.  An example of a carnivore that lives in the rainforest is a bengal tiger.  A bengal tiger has a large diet.  Some of the things that are in the Bengal tiger’s diet are monkeys, birds, boars, and sometimes they will even eat elephants.  An example of a herbivore that inhabits the rainforest is the okapi.  An okapi kind of looks like a zebra because it has white and black stipes that are on its legs, with a a dark red back.  The Okapi diet consists of grass fruit and leaves.  The last example is an example of an omnivore that lives in the rainforest.  An omnivore that lives in the rainforest is a Siamang.  The siamang eats fresh leaves, fruits, and small vertebrates. 

As you can see there is a wide variety of different diets depending upon the environment that the animal lives in. In the tundra and the desert the animals have to eat any vegetation that they can find, while in the rain forest there is plenty of vegetation that they can choose.  These extreme climates can only be inhabited by species that similarly live on the ends of the food chain.

 

Sources cited

” Desert Animals.”desertanimals.net . The Animal Spot, 2007. Web.9 Feb. 2012.

“Rainforest Animals.” rainforestanimals.net. The Animal Spot, 2007. Web. 9 Feb. 2012

“Tundra Animals.” tundraanimals.net. The Animal Spot, 2007. Web. 9 Feb. 2012

Image of arctic fox.http://www.tundraanimals.net/guide/arcticfox.html

Image of okapi: http://www.rainforestanimals.net/rainforestanimal/okapi.html

 

 

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Carnivores, Omnivores, and Herbivores similarities and differences

Have you ever wondered what the similarities and differences are between Carnivores, Omnivores and Herbivores? Well there are quite a few actually.  Each of these types of animals are unique in their own way, but they all have to work together to survive in their environments. 

A carnivore is an animal that gets its food that it eats by killing other animals .  The type of animals that a carnivore eats are herbivores, some omnivores and sometimes they eat other carnivores.  All carnivores have teeth that are canines to help them chew through the meat.  Carnivores help out the ecosystem because they kill other animals and this makes sure that no one species becomes overpopulated in an environment.  Carnivores have to consume a lot of calories to survive because they  have to hunt and then kill the animals in order to get their food.

Omnivores are animals  that get their food by eating other animals or by eating plants.  A lot of times omnivores will eat eggs that come from other animals.  Some eggs that omnivores will eat are snake eggs and chicken eggs.  Usually, omnivores don’t eat every plant.  They will usually just eat the fruit or the vegetable that the plant produces and leave the leaves and the stems alone.  There are insects that are omnivores and sometimes the insect is called a pollinator.

Herbivores are animals that get their food by eating plants.  A herbivore’s digestive system is made so that it can eat all kinds of plants, because otherwise they would be limited, and they would not be able to survive.  Herbivores live in ecosystems that have a lot of  plants.  Also, where there are a lot of herbivores there will be a lot of carnivores and omnivores to eat the herbivores.

There are many similarities and differences between omnivores, carnivores, and herbivores.  One difference is that carnivores and omnivores have sharper teeth, while omnivores have flat teeth.  Another difference is that carnivores have claws to help them catch their prey while, some omnivores, and herbivores do not have claws.  Also, some carnivores like a wolf or a lion have stong jaws to help them bite the neck and kill their prey, while neither the omnivore nor herbivore has a strong jaw.  One similarity between the three types of animals is that they all help each other survive in an ecosystem.

Cited sources

“Carnivores.”www.nhptv.org. New Hampshire Public Television, 2012. Web. 2 Feb. 2012

“What is a Carnivore?”www.qrg.northwestertern.edu. n.a, n.d. Web. 2 Feburary 2012.

“What is a Herbivore?”www.qrg.northwestertern.edu. n.a, n.d. Web. 2 Feb. 2012

“What is an Omnivore?” www.qrg.northwestertern.edu . n.a, n.d. Web. 2 Feb. 2012

Bobcat picture:http://www.qrg.northwestern.edu/projects/marssim/simhtml/organisms/bobcat.html

Deer picture:http://www.qrg.northwestern.edu/projects/marssim/simhtml/organisms/deer.html

 

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