- Carnivores get their name because they eat meat, so they typically have large canine teeth for killing their prey, and a specialised pair of meat cutting teeth (the carnassials).
- Carnivores are mostly medium-sized mammals, although they do range in size in Britain, from 60g weasels to 240kg grey seals.
- Carnivores usually have 4 or 5 toes per foot, a useful fact when identifying prints.
- Carnivores have a flexible spine, which helps them to increase their stride length when galloping. However, their legs are not as well adapted to running as those of hoofed mammals.
Find out more about Britain’s carnivorous mammals, including what field signs to look out for, here:
Wildcat, fox & badger
Otter, pine marten & stoat
Weasel, polecat & mink