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.
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Image of raccoons: http://crittertales.org/handy_critter_tips.htm.
Image of elephants: http://chasingelephants.tumblr.com/post/4166443379/life-cycle.