General

Carnivorous animals



Carnivorous animals: meat as main food

What are

Carnivorous animals are those that feed mainly on meat from other animals. They are predators because they attack and kill their prey so that they can feed on their flesh. Most carnivorous mammals are terrestrial or arboreal (mainly living in trees).

Main features

- Strong dentition with inwardly curved canine teeth. The teeth are used to grasp, hold and kill prey. They also serve to eat meat. The fourth premolar (upper and lower) is very sharp and is used for tearing meat and breaking bones, thus facilitating chewing.

- Like your teeth, your jaws are also very strong and resilient.

- Presence of feet with 4 or 5 toes, which have claws (also act favorably at the time of hunting).

- Most carnivorous species have nocturnal habits and are gregarious (live in groups).

- They are found in virtually every region of the world.

- They have well developed smell, hearing and vision.

- May feed on other carnivores or herbivorous animals (which feed on vegetables).

- They can hunt alone or in groups.

Examples of carnivorous animals (best known list)

- lion
- Tiger
- Cheetah
- Jaguar
- Panther
- Wolf
- Hyena
- Skunk
- Fox
- Jackal
- Raccoon
- Coati
- cat
- Dog
- Otter

- Sealion
- seal
- Walrus
- Brown bear
- ferret
- Lynx
- American badger

Scientific classification:

Kingdom: Animalia
Philo: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Subclass: Theria
Infraclass: Placentalia
Superorder: Laurasiatheria
Order: Carnivora