PROJECT Food Chains (Animals & Plants)

Discussion in 'CREATING WORLDS & SETTINGS' started by Minibit, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. Here's an exercise to help those of you who like to make up your own plants and animals expand on your creations!

    A food chain is the order of predators and prey; it's sometimes straightforward, and sometimes subject to conditions. For example; a creature that usually has incredible speed and reflexes, but hibernates in the winter may, during the time when it wakes up and is sleepy and hungry, become prey to some of the creatures it would otherwise have out-maneuvered.

    Begin your food chain with the creature that has no (or the least amount of) predators, detail it's prey below it, and so forth for each entry, usually ending with herbivores (or the plants the herbivores eat if you wanna get really detailed). I find it helpful to use indents to organize the chain.

    Examples:
    Top: Hawk
    Description: Large bird, sharp hooked beak, brown and grey feathers, carnivorous, lifespan of about 50 years for healthy bird
    Preys on: Mice, lionmice, snakes

    Mice: standard mouse, small, white, grey, or white with naked tails and large ears, eat nuts and berries

    Lionmice: a bit larger and about half a pound heavier than a mouse, named for the thick fur on their necks, they have shorter tails than mice and are usually orange or brown in colour, they have sharp teeth and eat most bugs and insects, and any other living food source it thinks it could overpower, making them fearful predators to fairies

    Fairies: small humanoids standing 4-5 centimetres tall without wings. Their large colourful wings reflect and magnify light to confuse and dazzle predators. They eat small berries and other plants
    Snakes: multiple varieties of subspecies, some venomous, all with sharp fangs. Fast and flexible, eat mice and some larger species eat lionmice, too