Are hyenas decomposers ? Facts about Hyenas

No, Hyenas are Scavengers. Hyenas are a special type of carnivore and it is a scavengers. Also, most hyenas are also hunters.

Decomposers are the one that breaks down organic matter and make it available to the producers and complete the food cycle. Examples of decomposers are bacteria, fungi, and termites.

Whereas Hyenas are Scavengers, just like Vultures. Hyenas are a specialized type of carnivore, that feeds on dead animals.

Are hyenas decomposers?
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It is a well-equipped scavenger and has a sharp sense of smell to find the carcasses of animals.

Facts about Hyenas

Hyena is a feliform carnivoran mammal of the Hyaenidae family. Hyenas are low in diversity and it is a unique and important part of the African biome.

These mammals are behaviorally and morphologically similar to canids.

Why is hyena poop white?

Also, it has sharp teeth that crunch the bones and its stomach has special acids to digest the hard bone.

That is the reason, hyena poop is bright white due to the calcium ingested through the bones.

Is a hyena a dog or a cat?

Hyenas are not members of dog or cat families. But they are unique and have families of their own. Its family is called Hyaenidae.

In total, there are four family members in Hyaenidae. They are the striped hyena, giggly spotted hyena, brown hyena, and aardwolf hyena.

Are hyenas friendly to humans?

Hyenas, readily feed upon human corpses, they are generally very wary of humans and less dangerous than big cats such as lions, Leopards, etc.

But they look calm but they are brutal killers. Even the lion runs away from Hyena.

* * All the Notes in this blog, are referred from Tamil Nadu State Board Books and Samacheer Kalvi Books. Kindly check with the original Tamil Nadu state board books and Ncert Books.