Animals that eat both plants and animals are called Omnivore.


animals that eat both plants and animals are called, animals which eat both plants and other animals are known as whatAn Omnivore eats both plants and animals . An omnivore refers to all organisms that are competent to eat both meat and vegetable. Although there could be some rare incidents of  carnivorous eating vegetables and herbivorous eating meat, but for the classification purposes an omnivore derives its major nutritional needs both from plants and animals. Examples of omnivore are badgers, pigs, skunks, raccoon, coyotes, chimps, and human. Some omnivore hunt for the food like carnivores, while some scavenge and eat dead meat.

Omnivore is a combination of two Latin terms OMNI and VORARE. Omni means everything whereas Vorare means to devour or eat. So an omnivore eats almost everything. Human are originally designed to be omnivore, but some people restrict them self to vegetables and fruits and are called vegetarian. Even some people abstain from consuming milk and  honey and other non-vegetarian items and are known as vegans.


  1. An omnivore uses both plant and animal as part of their food.
  2. Sea lion is an omnivore, with diet consisting of meat and plants.
  3. The crayfish, is an omnivore, it consumes both meat and vegetable.

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  1. An animal that eats both plants and animals is called?
  2. What do we call an animal that eats both plants and animals?
  3. What is the name of an animal that eats both meat and plants?
  4. An animal that feeds on both plants and animals is called?
  5. Living things that eat both plants and animals are called?


  • Bon Vivant
    • Someone who has a companionable and deluxe lifestyle, has refined taste and enjoys every kind of outstanding food and drink is called Bon Vivant. The term has French origin.
  • Devourer
    • One who consumes or swallows everything in a greedily manner is called Devourer.

What is an Omnivore

An omnivore is a living being that consumes a variety of materials which includes algae, fungi plants, and animals, . Omnivores range (in size) from tiny insects to large creatures like bears, chimpanzees, and gorillas.

Humans are also Omnivores. They eat plants (like vegetables and fruits), animal’s meat (chicken, goat, cow, pork etc.) in cooked form and products gathered from livestock (like milk and eggs). Humans also eat fungi (mushrooms) and algae (seaweeds and sea lettuce). Another omnivore which is very similar to human regarding eating habits is bear. Bears also eat plants, fungi and fish.

Mostly birds are omnivores. For example, Robins drag worms from the ground and also eat berries. Ostriches diet on plants and grasses but also eat lizards and insects. Several mammals are omnivorous. For example, skunks eat honeybees, rodents, lizards, leaves, grasses, nuts, fungi and nearly anything else they can find. Some reptiles (for example Box Turtle) are also omnivorous. Box turtles feed on fish, frogs and rodents, but they also consume flowers, roots and root berries.

Some fishes are omnivorous too; Opaleye is a fish found along the Coast of North America, whose diet  mostly consists of seaweeds, but also consumes small creatures that can be found among the seaweed. Some insects are omnivores, like ants consume nectar, seeds and often other insects.

Survival Skills

All omnivores survive more or less the same way as human. They make sure that they have a reasonable amount of  food and sufficient water. They are well aware of their surroundings and guard their young ones. If food is inadequate, their predator character takes over, causing them to search and hunt for food. For example, a bear may hunt fish. All omnivores have their own food and surrounding preferences and when preferences are challenged their survival instincts take over.

Omnivore Species

  • Mammal Omnivores

    • Pigs
    • Bears
    • Hedgehogs
    • Skunks
    • Squirrels
    • Chipmunks
    • Rats
    • Badgers
    • Coatis
    • Opossums
    • Sloths
    • Raccoons
    • Mice
  • Primates Omnivores

    • Gorilla
    • Chimpanzees
    • Humans
  • Omnivorous Birds

    • Chickens
    • Corvids
    • Rallidae
    • Cassowary
    • Crows
    • Keas
    • Rheas
  • Other Omnivorous

    • Lizards
    • Invertebrates
    • Turtles
    • Fish (piranhas)