Carnivora

Friday, April 20, 2012

Carnivora is an order of mammals which comprises felines (cats, lions, tigers, leopards), canine (wolves, dogs), bears, weasels, raccoons, otters, etc. They have their bodies genetically built to hunt and feed on other animals; they have large fangs (canine teeth), two in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw, and their premolar teeth are jagged and sharp, made for cutting meat and sinew, not for grinding like a ruminant's flat molars (back teeth). Other features are stronger jaws, paws with claws, and shorter small instestine. Carnivora means meat-eater.