How do food chain and food web differ from each other ?

  • A food web consists of many food chains. A food chain only follows just one path as animals find food.
eg: A hawk eats a snake, which has eaten a frog, which has eaten a grasshopper, which has eaten grass.
  •  A food web shows the many different paths plants and animals are connected.
eg: A hawk might also eat a mouse, a squirrel, a frog or some other animal. The snake may eat a beetle, a caterpillar, or some other animal. And so on for all the other animals in the food chain.

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In a food chain energy is passed on into next level until they reach to an end. A food chain is not as sophisticated as a food web.
A food web is an interconnected food chain. It provides multitude of feeding opportunities to other organisms.
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