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Parts of the Food Chain: Consumers



Parts of the Food Chain: Consumers

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     challenging words:    tertiary, trophic, chain, illustrate, herbivore, secondary, role, primary, level, since, meals, consume, example, feast, within, invisible


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Parts of the Food Chain: Consumers
By Erin Horner
  

1     In the food chain there are producers and consumers. Producers, or autotrophs, make their own food. Plants are producers. Consumers cannot make their own food. They must consume other sources of energy. There are many levels of consumers. Let's look at some different habitats to help illustrate these trophic levels in the food chain. Herbivores are primary consumers. When these plant-eating animals graze on grasses or feast on fruits, the energy stored within the plants enters their bodies and becomes their source of strength and nourishment. A zebra is a primary consumer. Secondary consumers are carnivores. They eat the meat of the plant-eating animals. A lion is a secondary consumer. .....
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