What is an omnivore?

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Different creatures are all made in their own unique way. Some animals, known as carnivores, are made to only eat meat. Other animals, known as herbivores, are made to only eat plants. A third group, known as omnivores, are made to eat either (or both!) meat and plants.

Omnivores include animals such as monkeys, bears, raccoons, skunks, foxes, and even insect-eating birds. Another omnivore you might be familiar with is (can you guess??) humans! Most omnivores can and will eat a combination of meat and plants, which is helpful because it allows them to survive in a larger variety of conditions and environments than animals with more restricted diets.

Animals who are omnivores are built to accommodate their wide range of food choices. For example, look in the mirror and check out your teeth. Notice the difference in shape between your front teeth, which help to bite into meat, fruits, and vegetables, and your back teeth, which help to grind up nuts and seeds! The digestive system also plays a roll – even though we can’t digest all plant matter (like grass), we and other omnivores are able to eat both plants and meat thanks to our intestines!

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