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11.05: Omnivores

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  • Many animals feed on both animal and vegetable material – they are omnivorous. Most primates are herbivorous but a few, such as chimpanzees, belong to this category as do pigs and rats. Their food is diverse, ranging from plant material to animals they have either killed themselves or scavenged from other carnivores. Omnivores lack the specialised teeth and guts of carnivores and herbivores but are often highly intelligent and adaptable reflecting their varied diet.


    • Ruth Lawson (Otago Polytechnic; Dunedin, New Zealand)