Mammut americanum was an herbivore, which means it only ate plants. Mammut americanum mostly ate coniferous trees. They would eat twigs, cones, leaves, and needles. They would use their tusks to break off branches into smaller pieces, and their molars to shear and grind the pieces. They have also been found to eat other coarse vegetation such as swamp plants, mosses, grape leaves, and coarse grasses. In contrast to mammoths, which were primarily grazers (ate grasses and low-growing vegetation), mastodons were primarily browsers (ate twigs, leaves and high-growing vegetation).
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