Difference between digestive tract of herbovores vs carnivores


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  • @BeerGuzzler You are so funny. You have no idea how body length is measured do you? It is nothing to do with height otherwise four legged animals would have really weird proportions. I suggest you look up 'body length' and when you have you can come back and apologise then I will take each of your other points and show you where you are wrong on those as well. My qualifications? Physiologist and nutritionist who has studied comparative anatomy and physiology for over 25 years. I am not a vegan by the way but TOTALLY agree that overwhelmingly our physiology and anatomy is that of a herbivore within the sub category of frugivore.
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  • Should it be concentration of hydrochloric acide not the amount?
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  • You're wrong about the human small intestines. The human small intestines actually average at about 20 feet. Unless our average height as adults end at 2 feet, there is no way in hell the length of our small intestines are 10 to 12 times our height. Our teeth are well suited to eat both meat and veggies. Second if we want to talk about jaws, herbivores tend to utilize sideways chewing motions and chew down their food for an extented period of time while carnivores eat their food fast with no sideways motion when chewing. We don't eat like cows or horses or other herbivores, yes we chew our food but we don't spend nearly as long. Physiologically we are omnivores, and our digestive system can adapt much better to the diets we so choose, than most animals. Another thing to note is that the physiological makeup of an animals digestive system alone doesn't classify whether it's an "herbivore" or "carnivore," but their eating habits. Take a look at the panda for instance; their physiological makeup is that of a carnivore but they follow a very herbivorous diet. Apes are generally omnivores, but depending on the species and what food is available to them to eat will depend on their eating habits. Some species are omnivorous, and/or insectivorous, some are herbivorous, or frugivorous(frugivores can be either physiologically herbivores or omnivores), others will just eat whatever they can get their hands on. If we look at our own dietary habits, we vary wildly. If we want to classify humans though, that becomes a little more complicated. We can be herbivorous, carnivorous, or omnivorous depending on our personal dietary choices, and accessibility of food(in third world countries you gotta make due with what you got). Some scientists even classify the average person as carnivorous due to the large proportionate amount of meat that makes up the diet of the average person. To explain, if we looked at the average person who have meat in their diet, they eat in general way more than the amount of meat the average bear eats in their regular diet(Their diet is actually mostly vegetation, up to 90 percent in some cases, though that depends on their location and species as some are mainly or strictly carnivorous like the polar bear. Another thing to note is that ALL bears are physiologically carnivores
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Difference between digestive tract of herbovores vs carnivores

  1. 1. difference between digestive tract of herbivores vs carnivores Herbivore means plant eater
  2. 2. Oral cavity• Carnivorous animals tend to have wide mouths in relation to their head size and have highly- developed jaw muscles called the temporalis muscle.• Herbivores have smaller mouths and muscular tongues to move food about and grind it down on the flat platforms of molar teeth in the mouth
  3. 3. digestive tracts• Herbivores have long digestive tracts because it takes a long time to absorb nutritents from the plant material which they eat. They also have a large caecum which helps, along with enzymes, breakdown the plant material and cellulose.• Carnivores have shorter digestive tracts as they can obtain nutrients from the meat they consume more quickly. They have a realatively small caecum as their diet only consists of small amounts of plant material.•
  4. 4. Teeth• A carnivores teeth are long, sharp and pointed. These are tools that are useful for the task of piercing into flesh.• Herbivores teeth are not pointed, but flat edged. These are useful tools for biting, crushing and grinding.
  5. 5. Saliva• A carnivore’s saliva does not contain digestive enzymes.• Herbivores saliva is alkaline, containing carbohydrate digestive enzymes.
  6. 6. Stomach size• Stomachs differ greatly between carnivores and herbivores.• Carnivores have greatly enlarged stomachs which encompass between 60 and 70 percent of their entire digestive tracts,• while herbivores have much smaller stomachs as they generally are required to process smaller amounts of food.•
  7. 7. stomach• A carnivores stomach secretes powerful digestive enzymes with about 10 times the amount of hydrochloric acid than a human or herbivore. The pH is less than or equal to "1" with food in the stomach, for a carnivore.• For humans or other herbivores, the pH ranges from 4 to 5 with food in the stomach. Hence, man must prepare his meats with laborious cooking or frying methods.• E. Coli bacteria, salmonella, campylobacter, trichina worms [parasites] or other pathogens would not survive in the stomach of a lion
  8. 8. small intestine• A carnivores or omnivores small intestine is three to six times the length of its trunk.• This is a tool designed for rapid elimination of food that rots quickly.• Mans, as well as other herbivores small intestines are 10 to 12 times the length of their body, and winds itself back and forth in random directions.• This is a tool designed for keeping food in it for long enough periods of time so that all the valuable nutrients and minerals can be extracted from it before it enters the large intestine.
  9. 9. liver• In relative terms, a carnivores liver is a tool designed with the capacity to eliminate ten times as much uric acid as the liver of man or other plant eater.
  10. 10. reference• http://www.waoy.org/26.html