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What Is an Omnivore? Herbivore? Carnivore?

What Is an Omnivore? Herbivore? Carnivore?

September 23, 2020


An omnivore is an animal that can eat all types of foods (like raccoons). They can eat plants and meat. You can remember what an omnivore is by thinking of the ‘O’ as a big circle mouth ready to eat anything that comes near it!


Some animals are herbivores (like horses), and a herbivore only eats plants. You can remember what a herbivore is by taking the word “herb” – like basil, parsley, and other herbs! Those are plants, so that is what a herbivore eats – plants!


A carnivore is an animal (like a tiger) that only eats meat to survive. Remember what a carnivore eats by saying it like this, “car-ni-vorrrrrrr” usually any animal that roars like that (roarrrrrrrrr) eats meat!

As a human, you fall into the omnivore category. You eat all the different kinds of foods you can! Some people might choose only to eat plants (they are called vegetarians), but they don’t switch to being herbivores. To stay alive, they can eat all different foods; they just choose to eat only one kind.

Stay tuned to the blog to find out which of our animal friends are omnivores, herbivores, and carnivores!

Michelle Cook

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