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What are the types of Carnivores?

Asked by K. Myers, Last updated: Mar 14, 2020

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N. Jarah

N. Jarah

Answered Jan 02, 2020

Some may assume that a carnivore is just one type, but the truth is that carnivores can be separated into three different categories. These three categories are hypercarnivoresand hypocarnivores. Hypercarnivores are those that eat mostly meat because they cannot digest plants and vegetables. Their diet would consist of 70% meat.

Mesocarnivores are those that would need to eat about 50% of meat in order to survive. They may also eat fruits and vegetables in order to survive. Hypocarnivores are those that do not eat too much meat. They would probably eat about 30% of meat. Some carnivores just need more meat in order to survive as compared to others.

 

K. Shadrach

K. Shadrach

Answered Dec 20, 2019

Carnivores are animals that consume flesh (meat for survival). Carnivores are classified into three types based on the level of meat consumption. The three types of carnivores are hypercarnivore, mesocarnivore, and hypocarnivore. Herpercarnivores are animals that eat mostly meat. In fact, their diet is made up of more than 70% of meat. Common examples are a polar bear, eagles, sharks, vultures, lions, and tigers.

Mesocarnivores are carnivore animals whose diet consists of 50 to 70% meat and balanced with non-animal food such as fruits, plants, and fungi. Examples are raccoons, red foxes, and skunks. Hypocarnivores are animals that consume less than 30% of meat as a diet. The majority of their diet is from plant materials such as fruits and fungi. Examples are black bears and kinkajou.

 

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