Carnivorous animalsPosted on May 18, 2018 - Last modified: October 23, 2019
The carnivorous animals are all those animals that base their diet on meat, we also consider insects and plants that eat meat to be carnivores. Animals that eat plants are called herbivores and those who have a varied diet are called omnivores.
Carnivorous animals feed on animal tissues, whether they are alive or dead. They are divided into two categories, depending on how they get their food, there are those who hunt (Predators) and those who prey on dead animals (Scavengers).
The most remarkable characteristic is its digestive tract, as it is smaller than that of other species, it helps the meat not rot while it is being digested. They all have parts of their body that are specialized for hunting or eating. Claws that are used to tear, strong and muscular legs to run, a jaw with teeth to chew, fangs to tear and grindstones to grind, etc.
They are all those animals that hunt their prey to eat them, normally herbivores, they usually chase them or attack them from a hiding place to surprise them.
They are those carnivores that feed on the remains of dead animals either naturally or hunted by another animal.
Types of carnivorous animals
There are three types of carnivorous animals on how much their carnivorous diet is based on.
- Strict carnivores: They are those that eat meat only and exclusively, since they lack organs to digest plant foods, such as tigers.
- Flexible carnivores: They are those who eat meat regularly but their body can digest plant foods in small quantities.
- Occasional carnivores: They really are omnivorous animals, but due to a lack of plants, fruits, etc. they are forced to eat insects or carrion.