The 12 Most Relevant Insect-Eating Animals

Abraham McLaughlin
The 12 Most Relevant Insect-Eating Animals

Among some of the animals that eat insects the bat, the armadillo, the porcupine and the sloth bear stand out. These animals are called insectivores, since their diet is based only on insects.

One of the most interesting aspects of insectivores is that they can be animals as large as an anteater and still feed on insects as small as ants..

The most prominent insect-eating animals

1- Bat

Within the order of bats there are around 1,100 species, of which 70% have a diet based solely on insects.

These mammals are also called Chiropterans and inhabit all continents except Antarctica..

2- Anteater

This animal has a very different body from many mammals.

Its robust body presents a very long snout, without teeth, and with a highly developed sense of smell. This allows you to get your food more easily.

3- Porcupine

The porcupine is a rodent with spiky fur that can be found both in America and in Europe, Asia and Africa.

In America, five genera of porcupines are obtained, while in the other continents there are only four genera.

4- Armadillo

The armadillo is a mammal that is recognized by its particular dorsal shell, formed by bony layers that function as protection.

This frame can be used in some cases to roll up and protect yourself in a spherical shell.

5- Moon rat

This species is also recognized as a gymnuro. It has a black color throughout its coat, except for the head and tail.

However, lunar rats can be found with their entire body white..

6- Frog

The diet of frogs varies from smaller vertebrate animals, such as rats and arachnids, to invertebrate species such as insects..

In fact, these animals have a long tongue that allows them to hunt down prey of a minimum size, quickly.

7- Mole

Moles are renowned for living underground in tunnels they dug themselves.

Their long claws allow them to quickly and easily dig into the ground. They lead an underground life, which makes them safe from any threat.

8- lazy bear

The sloth bear, named for its lazy man-like demeanor, is a solitary animal that is generally active at night..

At this time, the lazy bear seeks to feed predominantly on ants and termites.

9- Shrew

Shrews are mammals very similar to mice. They differ from these by not being rodents and by having a much longer snout than a mouse.

Genetically, the shrew is related to hedgehogs.

10- Tenrec

This is a mammal that can be found predominantly in Madagascar. He is active at night and tends to be lonely.

It is a very curious animal, not only for its colors and its appearance, but for its way of living.

The tenrec can reproduce up to 32 young at mating season. In addition, it has spikes on its dorsal part that it uses to communicate with its young through ultrasound generated by rubbing them..

These spikes are also used to spread poisons. This makes it one of the 13 poisonous mammals in the world..

11- Chameleon

This reptile with peculiar characteristics bases its diet mainly on the ingestion of other insects such as crickets, flies, mosquitoes or grasshoppers. To hunt them, he only has to stand some distance from his prey and use his long, sticky tongue to bring them into his mouth..

Interestingly, chameleons that live in pet homes can suffer from obesity, since their devouring instinct is infinite and if the owner does not manage their daily insect ration, they could have digestive or weight problems.

12- Praying mantis

This is a case of insects that feed on other insects. The mantis lives in Europe, Africa, Asia and some areas of North America, being known because the female kills the male to devour him once he fertilizes her..

In turn, this wide-eyed, saw-legged insect is capable of hunting even larger insects. In fact, cases of mantises that have hunted rodents or lizards have been reported..


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