Because eating plants does not always provide them with a lot of energy, herbivores have to eat a lot -- in fact, many of them spend all day munching! (Have you ever seen animals grazing in a field?) Certain herbivores known as ruminants (like cows and sheep) also get extra energy from the way they digest. These animals regurgitate (think “spit up”) their food and then chew it a second time. This helps them to break it down even more and get more out of it!
Just like their stomachs and digestive systems can be made to help them maximize their plant-grub, herbivores’ teeth help out too. Big molars help herbivores to crush twigs, seeds, and leaves. – Neat!!
ExplorationName that herbivore!
Different types of herbivores each have their own special names. For example, an animal who eats only fruit is a frugivore! Those who only eat seeds or grains are granivores, while those who only eat pollen are polynivores! Can you guess what a nectar-only critter is called?? If you guessed "nectivore," then you're right!
If you were able to eat only your favorite food, what would you be called? An apple-ivore? An chocolate-ivore? A pb&j-ivore??!
Sources & links
Binns, Corey. “What Is an Herbivore?” 23 Mar. 2010. Life’s Little Mysteries. 22 Apr. 2011 “Herbivores.” NatureWorks. New Hampshire Public Television. 22 Apr. 2011 "herbivore." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica, 2011. Web. 22 Apr. 2011.