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What do dik-diks eat?

What do dik-diks eatDik-diks are herbivores, so their diet mainly consists of foliage, shoots, fruit and berries. Dik-diks receive sufficient amounts of water from their food for hydration, making drinking unnecessary. They are also nocturnal, so they avoid the heat of the day and any unnecessary water loss. They digest their food with the aid of microorganisms in the their four chambered stomach. After eating, the food is regurgitated and re-chewed, also known as chewing the cud. The dik-dik has a special jaw and tooth structure which helps it adapt to its diet, and is ideal for chewing the cud. Their specially shaped head also gives them the ability to eat the leaves between the spikes on the Acacia trees, and the ability to feed while still keeping their head high for observation for predators.

 

 

Dik-dik description:

A dik-dik, pronounced "dĭk’ dĭk", is a small antelope of the Genus Madoqua that lives in the bushes of East Africa, Angola and Namibia. Dik-diks stand 30–40 cm (approx. 12–16 inches) at the shoulder, are 50–70 cm (approx. 20-28 inches) long, weigh 3–6 kg (approx. 7-16 pounds) and can live for up to 10 years. Dik-diks are named for the alarm calls of the females, which make a dik-dik, or zik-zik sound.

What do dik-diks eat

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