If plants make their own energy and food and animals don't does that make animals parasites?
- CowboyLv 62 months ago
Because none of them can make their own food within their own bodies, all animals ingest and digest other living things. For the most part these living things die so we can eat - they aren't parsitized.
- Anonymous2 months ago
No. It makes animals predators. Animals that eat plants or other animals are predators. Parasites do not kill their host generally but predators do. Parasites live inside the body of its host or on the outside. Predators do not do that. Parasites are smaller than their hosts. Predators are quite often much larger than their prey. A frog for example is larger than the insects that it eats.
- hcbiochemLv 72 months ago
Not really. It makes animals consumers or herbivores.
In the case of parasitism, the two organisms must be living together with the parasite normally living on or inside the host organism.