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Domestic Cow Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Bos taurus
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    Domesticated around the world

  • Status


  • Habitat

    Domestic environments-grasslands, fields and other pastures provided by keepers.

  • Niche

    Cows feed primarily on hay, digesting it in fore-stomachs that enable them to break down high levels of cellulose.

  • Life History

    Conditions and lifespans vary for domestic cattle depending on the conditions of their domestication and their usage, be it for milk production or beef.

  • Special Adaptations

    Cows' coloration varies by individual. Their spots are unique, just like our fingerprints.


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