31 Examples of Animals That Are Omnivores (A to Z List)

Examples of Animals That Are Omnivores

Omnivores are animals that eat both plants and meat.

Omnivorous animals often have one thing in common and that is teeth that can grind up food into smaller pieces so it is easier for the animal to digest the food they consume.

This group includes bears, owl monkeys, raccoons, skunks, and seagulls. Many omnivores have a specialized diet based on their environment or lifestyle.

Examples of Animals That Are Omnivores

Here is a list of 31 different species that do not have to choose between protein or vegetables.

1. American Black Bears

Scientific NameUrsus americanus
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeNorth American
DietRoots, Berries, Meat, and Fish

The black bear is an omnivore which means it eats both plants and meat. It can eat fruit, nuts, grasses, insects, honeycomb, and fish among other things. When it is in hibernation, black bears can last up to 100 days without food. They tend to eat a lot of food before they hibernate so they will have enough nutrients stored in their body.

2. American Hog-Nosed Skunks

Scientific NameConepatus leuconotus
Type of AnimalMephitidae
Range Southern United States
DietFruit, Insects, and Reptiles

The American hog-nosed skunk is a species of hog-nosed skunk from Central and North America and is one of the largest of the family Mephitidae.

Many people are surprised to learn that the hog-nosed skunk is primarily a meat-eater. It may seem to have an insatiable appetite for the garbage, fruits, and vegetables you leave out in the garbage.

This animal eats mainly small rodents such as mice and rats, lizards, snakes, birds, eggs, fruits, and insects.

3. Bearded Dragons

Scientific NamePogona
Type of AnimalReptile
DietCrickets, Kingworms, and Vegetables

The Bearded Dragon is an omnivore so it can eat both animal and plant-based foods. While the Bearded Dragon will also feed on insects, this should not make up their main diet.

Bearded Dragons feed on soft-bodied insects in the wild, such as termites and other arthropods. They may also eat smaller lizards. Bearded Dragons are foragers that will explore an area to see if anything of interest is around, this is known as pouncing.

4. Black-Backed Jackals

Scientific NameCanis mesomelas
Type of AnimalMammal
DietLizards, Rodents, and Berries

Black-backed jackals are omnivores that can be found in Africa. They eat insects, small animals, and plants but they also love to scavenge on the remains of larger predators’ kill! They are considered to be very intelligent animals, mostly because they work in groups and have an extremely successful hunting strategy.

5. Brown Rats

Scientific NameRattus norvegicus
Type of AnimalRodent
DietBirds, Seeds, and Plants

Brown Rats in the wild will eat a large variety of foods including seeds, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. They also prey on insects such as beetles, caterpillars, and crickets. Although they have been known to attack smaller animals, rats in the wild do not typically prey on other mammals.

6. Chipmunks

Scientific NameTamias
Type of AnimalRodent
RangeNorth America
DietInsects, Berries, and Fruit

Chipmunks are omnivores that tend to feed on nuts, seeds, fruits, and berries. They also eat insects, eggs, and smaller rodents.

The two most common species are the Eastern Chipmunk and the Western Chipmunk.

Chipmunks are known to be very territorial and will protect their own food sources.

7. Common Snapping Turtles

Scientific NameChelydra serpentina
Type of AnimalReptile
RangeNorth America
DietFish, Plants, and Carrion

The Common Snapping Turtle diet is very varied, consisting of just about anything that can be considered edible. Their diet consists mainly of small fish, crayfish, clams, and frogs found in the water or on land around them. The snapping turtle will also eat aquatic plants, leeches, and other similar invertebrates throughout their lifetime.

8. De Brazza’s Monkeys

Scientific NameCercopithecus neglectus
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeCentral Africa
DietFruit, Seeds, and Lizards

De Brazza’s Monkeys are omnivores, meaning that they eat both plant and animal foods. Their diet consists mainly of fruits, insects, also eggs, and small animals.

They tend to hunt small animals like lizards, frogs, and birds. They sometimes attack young antelopes but do not eat them.

De Brazza’s Monkeys also eat plants for example seeds, roots, and bark. In the dry season when food is scarce they may hunt insects more often.

9. Eastern Fox Squirrels

Scientific NameSciurus niger
Type of AnimalRodent
RangeUnited States, Mexico, and Canada
DietNuts, Flowers, and Birds

Fox Squirrels can eat a variety of foods, but most often they feed on nuts and seeds. Nuts such as acorns, walnuts, and hickory nuts are common in their diet. They also love to eat dried corn throughout the winter months.

In Spring they eat early vegetation including green leafy buds from trees they eat the bark of saplings. they also partake in the newly sprouting vegetation on the forest floor, frequently taking nut crops from bird feeders, and they sometimes eat insects.

10. Fennec Fox

Scientific NameVulpes zerda
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeSahara Desert
DietInsects, Fruit, and Leaves

Fennec Foxes are omnivores, so they eat plants and meat. Their diet consists of grains, grasses, insects, small mammals (such as hares), large desert rodents called jirds, lizards, snakes, and even ostrich eggs.

The fennec fox also eats small amounts of fruit, such as apricots, plums, and acacia flowers.

Fennec Foxes are able to go without drinking water because they get most of their liquid from their food that contains high amounts of water.

11. Grizzly Bears

Scientific NameUrsus arctos horribilis
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeNorth America
DietRoots, Insects, and Rodents

Grizzly Bears eat a variety of foods in the wild ranging from meat to berries and vegetation.  They typically feed on grasses, roots, nuts, and fruit.  On occasion, they will also hunt deer or moose as well as rodents such as beavers.

They will also consume insects, fish, and other small animals.  Grizzly Bears will eat just about anything they can find, but meat is their preferred food source even if it is carrion or roadkill.

12. Groundhogs

Scientific NameMarmota monax
Type of AnimalRodent
RangeNorth America
DietPlants, Grubs, and Insects

Groundhogs are Omnivorous that eat both plants and grasses. When it comes to what they actually eat, groundhogs eat an extremely broad diet range.

The majority of their diet consists of plant materials along with some insects. One of the most important components of a groundhog’s diet consists of grasses and other types of plant materials.

Grasses make up a big part of their habitat. They will also eat fungi, nuts, leaves, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and grains such as wheat and corn when available.

13. Long-Nosed Bandicoots

Scientific NamePerameles nasuta
Type of AnimalRodent
DietInsects, Berries, and Worms

Bandicoots eat a variety of foods. The long-nosed bandicoot eats mostly insects and insect larvae. They also feed on seeds, fruit, flowers, and grasses in the wild.

They eat seeds from plants such as rice-grass and cronera. They also eat insects such as cockroaches, grasshoppers, and beetles.

14. Olive Baboon

Scientific NamePapio anubis
Type of AnimalMammal
DietPlants, Grass, and Fruit

Olive Baboons eat a variety of insects, small mammals, and vegetation. They often spend more time on the ground compared to many other primates because they are strictly terrestrial animals.

Insects make up a majority of their diet during certain times of the year when available.

During the dry-season figs become their primary food source in some parts.

15. Virginia Opossum

Scientific NameDidelphidae virginiana
Type of AnimalMarsupial
RangeUSA, Mexico, and Canada
DietBirds, Fruit, and Insects

The Virginia opossum, the only marsupial in North America, is an omnivore. It eats insects and larvae, mice, birds eggs, and hatchlings of other animals as well as almost anything it can find that is dead or decaying flesh.

In urban areas where there are humans around it will also eat garbage and pet food.

16. Ostrich

Scientific NameStruthio camelus
Type of AnimalBird
DietLizards, Fruit, and Insects

Ostrich mainly feeds on plants, including fruits and seeds. They also eat tubers, grasses, leaves, flowers, acacia gum, and desert saltbush.

Chicks are fed with small amounts of insects to provide them with essential animal protein.

Some other animals that an ostrich eat include scorpions, spiders (including black widows), beetles, grasshoppers, other insects, snakes (including rattlesnakes), lizards, and gophers.

17. Owl Monkeys

Scientific NameAotus
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeSouth and North America
DietFlowers, Insects, and Leaves

Owl monkeys are omnivores. They eat fruits, flowers, nectar, insects, spiders and small mammals.

They live in the tropical forests of South America where they sleep in trees high above the ground and build nests out of leaves and branches to sleep on. They share their habitat with monkeys like the White-fronted capuchin and Red titi monkeys.

18. Pigs

Scientific NameSus
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeAll Over
DietFruit, Flowers, and Fish

Pigs are omnivores, which means they eat both plant and animal material. Their natural diet consists of grasses, roots, fruits, and seeds. In the wild pigs also eat insects such as termites.

Pigs that are allowed to forage, or hunt on their own will, tend to choose the healthiest food available. Their natural tendency is to eat what they need and leave the rest so there’s a lower chance of them getting sick from overfeeding. Hunting also allows pigs the ability to exercise and move around unlike factory-farmed pigs.

19. Raccoons

Scientific NameProcyon lotor
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeNorth America
DietRodents, Berries, and Eggs

Found throughout North America, the raccoon is one of the most recognizable species in its range. Although it is typically thought of as an animal that primarily

eats plants and animals –  like fruit, fish, insects, and small mammals or birds  – these animals are opportunistic eaters. That means they pretty much eat whatever they can get their paws on.

20. Red Fox

Scientific NameVulpes vulpes
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeUnited States
DietRabbits, Birds, and Fruit

Foxes will eat just about anything in the wild. They are opportunistic feeders and prey on rabbits, birds, rodents, fish, insects, snakes, and even other foxes when they can catch them! They also love to eat fruits like blackberries, raspberries, and grasses.

Fox’s main diet consists of larvae, mice, birds, rabbits, snakes, and frogs. If they can catch it or find it dead then they will eat it.

21. Robins

Scientific NameTurdus migratorius
Type of AnimalBird
RangeUnited States
DietInsects, Berries, and Earthworms

Wild robins eat fruit and berries, insects, spiders, and other small invertebrates, and sometimes even small amphibians and reptiles.

Robins in the wild will also eat worms, earthworms, and grubs. The robin has reddish-brown feathers all over its body including its wings. A typical adult robin weighs between 30 grams and 40 grams.

22. Seagulls

Scientific NameLarus linnaeus
Type of AnimalBird
RangeCoastal Areas
DietPlants, Fish, and Insects

Seagulls are the birds that belong to the family Laridae. Seagulls will eat just about anything, including fish, insects, shellfish, eggs, and many types of small animals. They also eat human food if it is available in large enough quantities.

Seagulls are found in most parts of the world.

23. Sun Bear

Scientific NameHelarctos malayanus
Type of AnimalMammal
DietFruit, Birds, and Termites

The Sun Bear is a small bear native to the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia. Their diet consists mainly of fruit, bird eggs, and insects such as bees, wasps, termites, and ants.

The natives of Southeast Asia have often harvested the nests of these insects for food, but this has recently begun to pose a threat to Sun Bear populations.

24. Spider Monkeys

Scientific NameAteles
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeSouth America And Amazon
DietFruit, Seeds, and Insects

Although they are closely related to monkeys, Spider Monkeys belong to a different class of primates-prosimians. In the wild, they have been observed both eating plants and hunting insects.

The diet of spider monkeys in captivity is similar to its wild counterparts, including fruits, nuts, vegetables, and protein-rich foods.

25. Sugar Glider

Scientific NamePetaurus breviceps
Type of AnimalMarsupials
DietNectar, Fruits, and Insects

Sugar Gliders are omnivorous. They feed on insects, larvae, bird eggs, young birds, nectar, and fruit. Males tend to eat more than females because of their high energy needs for marking areas as territory and looking after their families.

26. Tapanuli Orangutans

Scientific NamePongo tapanuliensis
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeNorth Sumatra
DietFruit, Leaves, and Insects

This highly intelligent animal eats a mixed diet of plant parts and small invertebrates, such as fruit, leaves, bark, flowers, bird eggs, and insects. The term “Tapanuli” comes from the local Batak word meaning ‘mountainous’, and it describes the area where only a few hundred of these orangutans remain.

27. Warthogs

Scientific NamePhacochoerus
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeAfrica and Ethiopia
DietGrasses, Plants, and Insects

Warthog’s natural habitat in Africa. Warthogs are wild animals that have sharp tusks and eat roots, grasses, fruits, insects, snakes, or small mammals like rodents, mongoose, or shrews.

28. Western Gorillas

Scientific NameGorilla gorilla
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeCameroon, Africa, and Congo
DietFruits, Bamboo, and Ants

Western gorillas are mostly herbivores. Their diet consists of fruits, shoots, pith, roots, bark, and some insects.

The majority of their food is acquired by searching for it in trees or breaking off pieces from the lower parts of stems and pulling the stem down to eat the leaves that are attached to it. When they can’t reach the leaves they sometimes shake the trees so the leaves and fruits fall off.

29. White-Footed Mouse

Scientific NamePeromyscus leucopus
Type of AnimalRodent
RangeAll Over
DietSeeds, Nuts, and Insects

White-footed Mouse is an omnivore. Their primary food source is seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables, snails, and insects. They also eat the occasional bird egg or small lizard.

30. White-Fronted Capuchin Monkey

Scientific NameCebus imitator
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeSouth America
DietLizards, Birds, and Leaves

The white-fronted capuchin monkey diet varies based on the geographic location of their habitat. They are generally omnivores. When these monkeys live in dry regions where the fruit is scarce, they must rely on leaves, flowers, lizards, birds, bark, and other plant materials for nutrition.

Other areas may contain more fruit trees which these monkeys will eat the edibles when available.

31. Wild Boar

Scientific NameSus scrofa
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeEurope, India, and China
DietPlants, Berries, and Insects

Wild boar are omnivores. Their diet varies greatly with season and location but tends to be mostly herbivorous, consisting of grasses, roots, berries, fruit, and mast (edible tree bark). Boars will also eat insects on occasion.

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