Top 10 differences between plants and animals you've never thought about

What is the difference between plants and animals? You’d think the answer would be obvious. However, when asked this question, a lot of people freeze up. Their natural impulse is to say that “Plants aren’t alive”, but that isn’t true. They know the real answer but just can’t phrase it. If you’d like to know the major differences between plants and animals and teach them your kids, continue reading below!

10 differences between plants and animals

Both plants and animals make up two of the five large groups of living creatures. However, that is pretty much the point where the similarities end and diversification begins. It’s true that both groups need air, nutrition, and have the ability to reproduce and grow. But the differences between them lie in how they do all those things.

It’s quite a shame that we, as human beings, spend each day near hundreds of flowers, fruits, pets, and wild animals, yet still know so little about them. Lucky for us, we can always fill in the blanks in our knowledge. So let’s take the first step in undoing this injustice and learn. Below you’ll find the list of the top 10 differences between plants and animals:

1. Difference in food consumption

Interesting fact: There are exceptions to this rule, as non-green types of plants have other ways of manufacturing their food.

2. Difference in nutrition storage

3. Difference in motion

4. Difference in growth

5. Difference in size limit

6. Difference in breathing

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Interesting fact: Fish get oxygen through their gills. Unlike other animals, they receive O2 from water and not the air.

7. Difference in excretion

Interesting fact: A lot of animal excretions can be used as manure in agriculture.

8. Difference in recreation

Interesting fact: Animals are also capable of asexual reproduction. For example, Amoebas can only procreate using this method.

9. Difference in reactions

10. Cell differences between plants and animals

Now you know all the differences between plants and animals. You may be already familiar with some of this information. However, it’s crucial to systemize our knowledge, so that we can put all the pieces of a puzzle together.

On this note, we would like to wish you a beautiful day, and remember to always keep learning!

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