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Herbivore

Animals that feed almost exclusively on plants, herbivores come in all shapes and sizes. They range from tiny insects to the largest land mammals, including elephants, rhinos, and hippos.

Herbivores are primary consumers, eating plant material to create food for meat-eating carnivores and omnivores. Explore the wide and wild world of herbivores.

National Geographic
Animal Diet Game

Animal Diet Game

As an animal appears, tag it with the correct label (herbivore, carnivore, omnivore). It will begin eating if you choose the right diet. Can you get all the species to chow down? More...

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Sheppard Software
Characterizing Herbivore Resistance Mechanisms

Characterizing Herbivore Resistance Mechanisms

Plants fight back! Scientists examine the ways that plants can defend themselves from herbivorous insects. More...

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JOVE
Herbivore

Herbivore

Can you guess what a frugivore is? How about a granivore? Herbivores eat plants, but many are specialists. Explore the different ways to be a herbivore. More...

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The Encyclopedia of Earth
Herbivores

Herbivores

Plants are pretty abundant, but often low in nutrients. Discover how herbivores maximize nutrition from the vegetation they eat. More...

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New Hampshire Public TV
Herbivorous

Herbivorous

Herbivores show a wide variety of feeding adaptations and strategies. Browse through these videos to explore herbivore lifestyles. More...

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BBC
Triumph of the Herbivores

Triumph of the Herbivores

Just because they eat only plants doesn’t mean that herbivores can’t fend off attempts to make them someone else’s dinner. Watch as these plant eaters outrun and outmaneuver potential predators More...

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BBC
When Big Carnivores Go Down, Even Vegetarians Take the Hit

When Big Carnivores Go Down, Even Vegetarians Take the Hit

Carnivores are important to an ecosystem's health. Take them away and vegetation can die and streams can change course. What's the connection? More...

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NPR
World’s Largest Herbivore, the African Elephant, Makes Unique Food Choices

World’s Largest Herbivore, the African Elephant, Makes Unique Food Choices

When you’re as big as a truck, it seems that any food should do. Apparently, that’s not the case with the elephant. Discover the facts about this herbivore’s picky plant palate. More...

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Science Daily
“Herbivores” Busted Preying on Bird Nests

“Herbivores” Busted Preying on Bird Nests

Wildlife biologist Pam Pietz has proved that some hardcore herbivores — such as white-tailed deer and jumping mice — will prey opportunistically on nestlings and eggs. More...

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U.S. Geological Survey

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