Difference Between Herbivores and Carnivores

Animals require constant energy to stay alive, active and to carry out different life processes. As animals cannot prepare their own food, they depend on plants and other animals for their food and energy. Depending upon the mode of nutrition, plants are classified as herbivores and carnivores.

Let us learn more about the  difference between herbivores and carnivores and their characteristics.

Herbivores vs Carnivores

HERBIVORES CARNIVORES
Consume only plant and their products Consume the flesh of other animals
They have a small mouth to head ratio. Their mouth to head ratio is too large.
The mouth opening is very small and consume food from their mouth. The mouth opening is very large and use their teeth for tearing the flesh apart.
Have broad, short and flat, teeth for chewing and grinding plant leaves, seeds and grains. Have sharp, long and curved incisors and canines used for tear flesh.
Have complex facial muscles. Have reduced facial muscles.
Have digestive enzymes in their saliva. Have no digestive enzymes in their saliva.
The length of the small intestine of herbivores is 10 to 12 times their body length The length of the small intestine is 3-6 times their body length
Have either simple or stomach with multiple chambers Have a simple stomach with one chamber.
Moderately concentrated urine Extremely concentrated urine
Example: Cow, giraffe, etc. Example: Leopard, Jaguar, etc.

Herbivores

Herbivores are animals that depend on plants and plant products for their food. They have certain specific features that help them feed on plants. They have broad and flat teeth that help them to grind the plants easily. They have the capacity of detoxifying vitamin A in the liver. They possess carbohydrate digestive enzymes in saliva. The length of the intestine is very long. Cows, buffaloes, goats, deer are some of the herbivores.

Also Read Facts about Herbivores

Carnivores

Carnivores are animals that depend on other animals for their food. They have sharp teeth that help them to tear through the skin. Their sharp claws help them catch their prey. However, unlike herbivores, they cannot detoxify vitamin A in the liver and do not contain carbohydrate digestive enzymes in saliva. The length of the intestine is  also small. Tiger, lion, wolf, etc are some of the carnivores.

Also Read Herbivores and Carnivores

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