the lenth of small intestine in ruminant animals is more as compared to carnivores.Why?

Asked by devangi meena | 13th May, 2013, 09:56: PM

Expert Answer:

The stomach volume of a carnivorerepresents 60-70% of the total capacity of the digestive system. Because meat is relativelyeasily digested, their small intestines (where absorption of food molecules takes place) areshort&151;about three to five or six times the body length.Carnivoreshave a capacious simple (single-chambered) stomach.Herbivorous animals that consumeplants containing a high proportion of cellulose must “ferment” (digest by bacterial enzymeaction) their food to obtain the nutrient value. They are classified as either “ruminants”(foregut fermenters) or hindgut fermenters. The ruminants are the plant-eating animals withthe celebrated multiple-chambered stomachs. Herbivorous animals that eat a diet ofrelatively soft vegetation do not need a multiple-chambered stomach. They typically have asimple stomach, and a long small intestine.

Answered by  | 16th May, 2013, 11:35: PM

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