What do elephants eat?
Elephants are large mammals that usually live in groups.
They eat plants, leaves, twigs, and bark.
However, their diet mainly consists of many, many other things.
They sometimes can be found near water.
However, elephants get most of the water they need from the plants they eat.
An Elephant’s Diet
The number of food elephants can consume in one day usually equals up to around 440 pounds.
They spend about 16 hours a day eating and only sleep for around four hours!
You might be surprised that an elephant’s diet consists mostly of grasses.
However, this is just because their diets consist of what is available at the time.
They do not eat the same foods all year round.
They are dependent on what is growing during any given season.
Species of elephants that live near the equator mostly eat fruit and leaves, while species that live where it is colder eat more twigs and bark.
Some of the most common foods they will consume are grasses, banana plants, acacia trees, bamboo plants, and even some flowers.
Although they sometimes can be found near water, elephants do not drink very often because they get most of the water they need from the plants they eat.
The diet of young elephants mostly consists of their mother’s milk until they are about two years old.
When an elephant reaches adulthood, it will no longer drink its mother’s milk.
It will continue to primarily eat plants for the rest of its life.
It is typical for elephants to eat grasses, leaves, and bark.
Although, these animals are also known to occasionally dine on smaller mammals like wild boars, monkeys, and even crocodiles!
So the next time you see an elephant at the zoo or running through your backyard, remember that this majestic giant only eats plants, leaves, and bark!
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