What do Animals Eat

Different animals eat different things.

All animals need food to survive. Who eats what?
Animals eat many different kinds of foods including other animals, fish, nuts and seeds, tree leaves and branches, insects, and grass.

Animals that eat only plants are called herbivores. Most herbivores, including the giraffe, macaw, ground squirrel, and elephant in this video segment, eat a wide variety of plants and plant parts. Some herbivores, however, are very particular about the plant matter they eat. Wild pandas have evolved to eat nothing but bamboo plants -- a food that is plentiful where they live but not particularly nutritious for bears. Because of their inefficiency digesting plant material pandas need to eat a lot. Adult pandas spend 10 to 12 hours each day eating and consume about 40 pounds of food during that time.

Animals that eat only other animals are called carnivores. Polar bears, sharks, woodpeckers, and anteaters are all carnivores. Like herbivores, however, carnivores may generalize and eat a wide variety of animals, or specialize and eat only one type. Bald eagles, for example, are not very particular about the type of meat they eat. They eat road-killed animals or the occasional rabbit plucked from a field, fish they've caught fresh or rotting fish on the bank of a river. They are even known to scavenge for food in city dumps. In contrast, anteaters are highly specialized creatures. These animals eat little else besides ants and termites, and their sticky tongue and powerful front legs (for tearing into insect mounds) are perfectly adapted for doing just that.

Omnivores are the least choosy about what they eat. These animals, which include raccoons, opossums, and black and grizzly bears, eat both plants and animals, and often eat a wide variety of each. A typical grizzly bear, for example, will eat just about anything it can catch and get its mouth around. Grizzlies are known to kill their own food, including deer, but will also scavenge the carcasses of dead animals. They also eat fish, crustaceans, amphibians, small mammals, insects, berries, tree buds, and grass.

Deliciously bright flash cards with what do animals eat vocabulary.
Animals: Bear, Goat, Rabbit, the Squirrel, the Cat, the Dog, the Monkey, the Cow, the Frog
Meal: Nuts, Honey, the Bug, Milk, the Grass, the Bone, Bananas, Cabbage, Carrots

The bear eats honey
The dog gnaws bones
The frog eats bugs
The cat drinks milk
The goat eats cabbage
The hare eats carrots
The cow eats a grass
The squirrel eats nuts
The monkey eats bananas

Games you can play:

1)Name and show a card with an animal. The child should name, what eats this animal
2)Name and show a card with the meal image, the Child should name what animal eats this









What do Animals Eat


Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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