Omnivorous animals

Omnivorous animals

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Pig: example of omnivorous animal

What they are - biological definition

Omnivores are the animals that feed on vegetables and animals. Therefore, they have the body adapted to digest these foods.

The word derives from Latin, and omnes means everything and vorare It means to devour.

General characteristics of omnivores:

- Most omnivorous animals are predators.

- They have an advantage in nature over herbivores (feed mainly on vegetables) and carnivores (feed mainly on meat), as they have greater food diversity available in nature. This feature facilitates the adaptation and survival of omnivorous species.

- Have metabolism capable of metabolizing diversified foods.

- Have digestive system able to digest vegetables and meat.

Examples of omnivorous species

- Turtle

- Panda bear

- Brown bear

- Human being

- Meerkat

- Mouse

- bat

- Crow

- Pig

- Cockroach

- Carp (fish)

- Fox

- Hedgehog

- Piranha fish

- Catfish fish

Brown Bear: Another example of omnivorous animal.
Last reviewed: 10/13/2019
By Elaine Barbosa de Souza
Undergraduate student in Biological Sciences, Methodist University of São Paulo.