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sagebrush
There are very few animals that eat this plant. Why?

Answer:

This is sagebrush. It produces chemicals which taste bad to many animals, but those chemicals are also toxic to the beneficial bacteria in the intestines found in many herbivores. Eating sagebrush would give them some bad digestive problems. The only herbivore that commonly eats sagebrush is the pronghorn. The terpenoids and other chemicals from the sagebrush do not seem to harm pronghorns.
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