Predators eat prey. Such is nature’s way. But what is a predator and what constitutes prey can change, depending on where you are on the food chain. But just what is the food chain? I’m glad you asked.
Let’s start at the bottom, shall we? Here, we have the ultimate prey, organisms that are always eaten, and never eat things that fit on the chain. Most of them would be plants, and that’s pretty boring, but we can also include worms and other harmless critters. I could go for a worm right about now.
Then, we have the second rung of this ladder. The sometimes-eating, sometimes-eaten category. Most insects fit here, as well as a whole host of animals (definitely dogs). Let’s not forget the more exciting plants, such as the Venus flytrap. This is where our favorite foods belong, like mice, fish, and little birds. Whoops; I’m salivating on the keyboard.
The next level belongs to humanity. Contrary to what you might think as a regular reader of this blog, I am quite fond of humans. They are ingenious, which allows them to hunt basically everything. By the numbers alone, humans do the most eating, but without their fancy tools, they are squishy and weak. As such, they sit just below the top of this pyramid.
At the summit are the ultimate predators. Slithering, stalking, flying, and even swimming, they are every other creature’s nightmare. Snakes, birds of prey, alligators, sharks, and of course cats. Saw that one coming, did you? With good reason: animals in this elite group are the pinnacle of evolution and we can wipe the floor with just about anything that gets in our way.
Oh, and add badgers to that last tier. You do not want to mess with a badger.