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  • 1. Consumers  living things that get energy by eating other living things.  all animals are consumers, there are three main types
  • 2. Herbivores  eat only or mostly plants.  get energy from eating the producers  mice, rabbits, deer, cows, zebras, elephants, and insects
  • 3. Carnivores  eat only or mostly other animals  In the ocean – sharks, walruses, seals, and octopuses are common carnivores  On land – cats, foxes, lions, wolves, hawks and eagles
  • 4. Omnivores  eat both plants and animals  pigs, bears, raccoons, and humans are examples of omnivores
  • 5. Decomposers  a living thing that gets its energy by breaking down wastes and dead plants and animals  decomposers break down the material into simpler materials, which become part of the soil
  • 6. Decomposers  decomposers add nutrients to the soil to help the plants grow  bacteria and fungi are decomposers  fungi include mushrooms  some animals such as earthworms and termites are decomposers