We're learning about herbivores in science class.  Mr. Sanders, our teacher, is telling us everything about them, and we're learning so much.

  The first thing we learned is that herbivores are plant-eating mammals.  Several groups of mammals are adapted as herbivores.  Rodents such as mice, beavers, and squirrels, have large teeth for gnawing at the front of their jaws, and many  chewing and grinding teeth along the side.  They eat grass and leaves and are also able to gnaw into tough foods like bark or nuts.  Most rodents are small animals.  Rabbits and hares are not rodents, but they have the same types of teeth and feed in similar ways.

  Mr. Sanders went on to explain that most of the big plant eaters are hoofed mammals.  There are two groups.  The odd-toed hoofed mammals include horses, tapirs, and rhinos.  The other group is called the even-toed group.  This group includes deer, camels, antelope, and cows.  Some of these animals browse leaves and twigs from bushes.  Giraffes reach up high into trees with their tongue and lips.  The other hoofed animals have broad lips to feed from the ground on tough grasses.

  We learned that since plants have little food value, herbivores have to eat a lot.  They spend most of the day feeding.

  Next we're learning all about carnivores and omnivores.


Answer the questions below.


Another name for a plant-eating animal is an .


There are groups of big plant eating mammals.


Rodents such as mice, beavers, and have large front teeth used for gnawing.


reach up high into trees with their tongue and lips, while other hoofed animals feed on the ground. 


Horses, tapirs, and rhinos belong to the hoofed mammal group. 


Deer, antelope, camels, and cows belong to the hoofed mammal group. 

The class learned a lot about herbivores from their teacher Mr. .
Herbivores have to eat a lot because:
they are always hungry.

plants have little food value.



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