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Meat Eaters
What will we be learning today?

  • In this lesson, we are going to learn all about meat eaters.

Meat Eaters


  • Herbivores, in turn, are eaten by carnivores(KAHR ·nuh ·vawrz)-animals that eat other animals. All cats, big and small, are carnivores.


  • So are dogs, wolves, foxes, coyotes, and other sharp-toothed animals. The sea also has carnivores. The most frightening of these is the great white shark.


  • Other sea dwellers also eat meat. Frolicking seals, playful dolphins, and gentle whales dine on fish, squid, and even penguins.

  • Living things that hunt other living things for food are predators. The hunted are called prey. The relationships between predators and prey are a key part of both food chains and food webs

  • However, not all meat eaters are predators. Some animals eat meat but don't hunt it. Such meat eaters are called scavengers. They feed on the remains of dead animals.

  • Have you ever seen vultures circling a spot of land? Then you have seen scavengers. Crows are also scavengers. You might see them on a road, pecking at the body of an animal.

  • The sea is home to many scavengers. One of these is the hagfish. It wanders the ocean floor in search of dead or dying fish. Some tiny sea creatures also feed on the remains of dead sea animals.

  • When an animal eats both animals and plants, it is an omnivore. You are an omnivore. Bears are omnivores, too, eating things from berries to salmon.

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