I’m glad you asked. I love to talk about
animal behavior and how animals and plants
There are lots of ways that animals can leave
seeds behind because there are many types of seeds
and many types of animals. Try to think of all of
the seeds you can. There are tiny seeds like poppy
seeds on a bun. There are giant seeds like
coconuts. There are seeds surrounded by fruit,
like the ones in avocados. There are seeds on the
outside of strawberries. Some seeds have no
fruit at all, like acorns or grass seeds.
Maple and dandelion seeds blow in the wind. Lotus
seeds float on the water. What other seeds did
you think of?
Have you ever walked through a field and
gotten burrs, thistles, or cheat grass seeds stuck
on your socks? These seed have evolved to be
carried by animals. Mammals get them caught in
their fur. Birds get them caught in feathers. The
seed may fall off in a new place, or the animal
may scrape or bite them off.
Some seeds are moved on purpose by animals.
Squirrels bury nuts to eat later, but sometimes
these nuts are left behind. Birds like nutcrackers
put acorns into trees. Ants and packrats take
seeds back to their homes. Sometimes they don’t
eat the seeds and they sprout.
Animals might carry seeds and fruit off to a nice
place to eat. A monkey may eat a mango and drop
the seed neat its eating spot.
Sometimes animals swallow a seed whole. A raccoon
might eat blackberries. A robin might eat
strawberries. The seeds go right through the
animal’s digestive system without being damaged.
When the animal defecates (poops), the seeds go
wherever the animal “goes.” Some seeds won’t even
sprout unless they have gone through an animal’s
Why do you think plants are better off if some
of their seeds get carried away?
Thanks for asking.
Seeds attach to the fur of animals to move
around, since the plants can't move around
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