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Omnivore

An omnivore eats a variety of food items, including plants, animals, algae, and fungi. Omnivores range in size from insects to behemoth mammals, such as the polar bear. Most humans are also omnivores.

Omnivores may change their diets seasonally or at different stages of life. Explore the basics of the omnivore lifestyle.

National Geographic
Animal Diet Game

Animal Diet Game

As an animal appears, tag it with the correct label (herbivore, carnivore, omnivore). It will begin eating if you choose the right diet. Can you get all the species to chow down? More...

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Sheppard Software
For Most of Human History, Being an Omnivore Was No Dilemma

For Most of Human History, Being an Omnivore Was No Dilemma

Being carnivores that can eat almost anything has given primates an evolutionary advantage. Is there a downside, though? See what researchers say. More...

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NPR
How Much Do Different Pet Species Eat Compared to Each Other?

How Much Do Different Pet Species Eat Compared to Each Other?

Round up some different kinds of pets and perform this experiment to see who eats more (adjusting for size and weight, of course): herbivores, carnivores, or omnivores. You might be surprised. More...

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Science Buddies
Omnivore

Omnivore

Omnivores have the ability to catch, consume, and digest a variety of food items. Find out about seasonal and life-history omnivores. More...

Article
The Encyclopedia of Earth
Omnivore Teeth

Omnivore Teeth

A docent (guide) in training at the Oakland Zoo shares what she learned about omnivore teeth and how they compare to the choppers of herbivores and carnivores. More...

Article
Oakland Zoo
Omnivores

Omnivores

Being an omnivore gives an animal many advantages, like the ability to adapt to new environments. Meet some successful omnivores. More...

Article
New Hampshire Public TV
The Omnivore Supper Club

The Omnivore Supper Club

If nonhuman omnivores went out to eat, they could order more items off the typical menu. Discover the factors that determine whether they would choose meat or the veg option. More...

Article
Ducks Unlimited
What Is an Omnivore?

What Is an Omnivore?

Omnivores are a mixed group, eating different combos of plants and animals. Select an omnivore to see its nutrition needs in calories and what it eats. More...

Interactive
Northwestern University

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