Plants and animals are both kingdoms of living things. They differ in important aspects. The chart below summarizes some of these differences.

Plants generally are rooted in one place an do not move on their own Most animals have the ability to move fairly freely.
Plants contain chlorophyl and can make their own food Animals cannot make their own food and are dependent on plants and other animals for food.


Plants give off oxygen and take in carbon dioxide given off by animals. Animals give off carbon dioxide which plants need to make food and take in oxygen which they need to breathe.
Plants cells have cell walls and other structures differ from those of animals. Animal cells do not have cell walls and have different structures than plant cells
Plants have either no or very basic ability to sense. Animals have a much more highly develped sensory and nervous system.


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Fungi Ferns Gymnosperms Angiosperms Leaves
Roots Stems Flowers Links and Activities Seeds