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Examples of insectivorous animals


They are termed as Insectivores animals to animals that feed exclusively on insects , although this does not mean it does not reach other food consumption, but their food is mainly insects.

These animals can be of different species or cataloged in different varieties:

  • Mammals
  • Insects
  • Reptiles
  • Amphibians

Thus, insectivorous animals developed a form of exploitation of insect protein and even their bodies have obtained different ways to reach them.

Example of insectivorous animals:

Mono aye aye

This monkey is a relative of the lemur and is found exclusively in Madagascar, where he lives among the trees, in addition this monkey has some special natural tools such as:

  • A specialized ear that allows you to hear the larvae inside the trees.
  • A sense of smell that allows you to find them.
  • A denture that allows you to open and break the bark of trees.
  • A long, thin finger with a sharp fingernail with what extracts them.



The anteater, this bear is the familiar animal of the bears, has its body adapted to be able to consume ants:

  • Large claws that allow you to dig the anthills.
  • A long snout that allows you to put it in the anthills
  • A long, round and sticky tongue.

It requires a very high amount of ants and termites, which allows it to have high dimensions of about 140 long and allows it to have a very high force.

Its habitat includes desert places, steppes, forests and meadows where anthills are found, having the ability to remove insects from rotten trees.

This bear is the animal that lives with the lowest body temperature, and to compensate it has a very fluffy tail, which allows it to conserve heat, in addition to keeping a long time hibernating to consume the least amount of calories.



The chameleon is a reptile that feeds exclusively on insects, the variety of insects that it consumes is very high, covering almost any insect in its natural habitat and in captivity it feeds on crickets and flies.

The body of the chameleon has adapted to be able to consume and hunt insects, that’s why it can:

  • Change color, because it can be camouflaged adapting to its environment.
  • You can rotate the view independently and your view covers 360 °.
  • He developed a long tongue, sticky and with a sucker on the tip, which improves the grip of insects.

Common lizard


Lizards have the ability to consume insects, sometimes get to eat mouse rabbits, when they come to bump into a nest, but in general their food is exclusively insectivorous.

They have sticky tongue and can stretch.

Their movements are fast and they can wait for a long time for their prey to reach them.



The spiders are mostly insectivorous animals, only some tarantulas are able to consume small rodents and there are some spiders that are capable of tiny weights.

To be able to marry insects, spiders have developed different skills:

  • Spider web, this is an instrument used to weave spider webs, which are traps for insects to stick to, plus it is extremely sticky, and it is as resistant as steel wire of the caliber of the web.
  • Their poison, this is a necessary means of hunting, they inject it into the insects to be able to suck their fluids while they are alive.



Scorpions are another type of arachnid, their diet is basically insectivorous, but sporadically they eat small rodents, spiders and other scorpions.

In order to hunt their food they have two pincers and a sting with poison, which are enough for them to subdue any prey.



There is a series of rodents that are basically insectivorous, they are called micro mammals and they are small shrews that have a poison in their saliva, which stuns insects and beetles to be able to consume them.

  • Common mouse
  • Shrew
  • Bat (flying rodent has an exclusively insectivora variant)
  • African porcupine (it is classified as a rodent and consumes insects as well as plants)
  • Prairie dog (it is a rodent and complements its feeding with insects)
  • Moles (eat worms and insects)

Insectivorous birds


Insectivorous birds are birds that do not have well developed their digestion to consume seeds, and are made up of birds such as:

  • Woodpecker.
  • Robin.
  • Magpies (in some varieties).
  • Blackbird.
  • Larks.
  • Gray flycatcher.

Examples of animals that breathe through the skin

Example of Aldehydes