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Video Example : Carnivores



  • Carnivorous animals
  • Carnivorous plants
  • Insectivorous plants
  • Insectivore
  • Petaloid
  • Carnassials
  • Piscivore

Definition of Carnivores

Organisms that depend only on flesh or meat of other organisms for their nutrition.

For Example:
Carnivorous animals: Tiger, crocodile, shark, cheetah
Carnivorous plants: Pitcher plant, Venus fly trap, Sundew

More About Carnivores

  • There are carnivorous animals as well as carnivorous plants
  • Carnivorous plants (insectivorous plants) absorb nitrogen from their animal prey (mostly invertebrates, occasionally even small frogs and mammals) through their leaves specially modified as traps
  • The carnivores are one among the important members of the ecosystem
  • They form the third level in the food chain after herbivores
  • They control or check the population of herbivore species from getting overpopulated
  • Carnivores are predators and catch prey
  • Carnivores that feed on insects are called insectivore whereas that feeding on fishes are called piscivores
  • The eyesight of carnivorous birds such as Eagle, hawks and owls are very well developed to spot the prey
  • Some carnivores eat all the parts of the bodies of the prey, while some choose, blood, skin, flesh,etc
  • The teeth of carnivorous animals are specially designed for holding and tearing the flesh of the prey
  • These specialized teeth are known as carnassials
  • The digestive system of carnivores are comparatively short than that of herbivores
  • This is because their diet has very less cellulose or lack it altogether

Questions based on the word carnivorous

Which among the following is not a carnivorous plant?

    a) Pitcher plant
    b) Sundew
    c) Eichornia
    d) Venus flytrap

Solution: C. Eichornia is not a carnivorous plant

2) The digestive tract of Herbivores is short when compared to that of carnivores

    a) True
    b) False

Solution: b) The digestive system of herbivore is long when compared to that of carnivores

3) Carnivores and Herbivores are ____ of an ecosystem

    a) Producers
    b) Consumers
    c) Predators
    d) Abiotic factors

Solution: (b)The carnivores and herbivores are the consumers of an ecosystem

4) Which among the following are secondary consumers?

    a) Herbivores
    b) Carnivores
    c) Both A and B
    d) Neither A nor B

Solution: (b) The carnivores are the secondary consumers in any ecosystem

5) Which among the following is not a carnivore?

    a) Shark
    b) Sunflower
    c) Sundew
    d) Crocodile

Solution: (b) is not a carnivore, it belongs to producers