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.
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“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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