Why are elephants herbivores?

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Elephants are herbivores, or plant-eaters, because they do not have sharp teeth. The shape of their teeth shows that, like most (although not all) herbivorous animals, the elephant has teeth which are adapted for cutting and tearing off plant material to eat.

Elephants also do not have other adaptations necessary to be carnivores. They cannot stalk, nor jump, nor run at speeds fast enough to catch prey. Also, to support their immense sizes, they are grazing animals which must eat constantly. Meat is a harder commodity to find than grass and leaves in the elephant's habitat.

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Herbivores is a common name for all animals that only eat plants. And since giraffes only eat plants they too are herbivores.

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Because its hard to hunt when your that tall, everything can see you.

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