Animals come from many different habitats and ecosystems from all four corners of the world, and while they are all different and they all have specific roles in the food chain, they all fall into one of three types of eaters: carnivores, herbivores, or omnivores. While their diets vary, they all play an important role in keeping the ecosystem balanced.
Animals which feed exclusively on meat are called carnivores and include creatures like tigers, vultures, and owls. Those which eat only plants and plant-based materials are called herbivores and include animals like elephants, butterflies, and squirrels. And those who eat both plants and meat are called omnivores, which include animals like cows, chickens, and pigs.
Many of these animals' diets are the result of them having less developed or specially adapted digestive systems and organs. Their teeth are also adapted to their diets; herbivores have flat molars and less pronounced canines whereas carnivores have very defined canines.
How well do you know which animal belongs to which group? Would you be able to tell if an animal was an herbivore, omnivore or carnivore just from an image of the animal? Take this quiz to see how many of them you can correctly identify!