Animals that are Carnivorous

A carnivore is a species that derives nourishment primarily from consuming the meat of other animals. Depending on the diet, they can be hypercarnivores – they consume the flesh of animals solely – or mesocarnivores – the ones who occasionally consume other foodstuffs. A further distinction exists based on the type of flesh consumed. For instance, those that mainly eat fish are called piscivores, and those that mainly eat insects are insectivores.

Most mammalian carnivores have their eyes in front of their face, which increases depth perception. It is common for these animals to have sharp teeth and claws to tear flesh effectively.

 Well-known carnivores include Big Cats, reptiles like snakes and crocodiles, sharks, canids, and birds of prey. The rarest carnivore alive today is the Ethiopian wolf.

List of Carnivorous Animals

Mammals

  • African Clawless Otter
  • African Striped Weasel
  • African Wild Dog
  • African Wolf
  • American Hog-nosed Skunk
  • American Marten
  • American Mink
  • Amur Leopard
  • Arctic Fox
  • Asian Badger
  • Asian Small-clawed Otter
  • Australian Dingo
  • Bat-eared Fox
  • Beech Marten
  • Bengal Fox
  • Big Brown Bat
  • Black-backed Jackal
  • Blanford’s Fox
  • Blue Whale
  • Bobcat
  • Bornean Ferret-badger
  • Brown Bear
  • Brown Hyena
  • Burmese Ferret-badger
  • Bush Dog
  • Cape Fox
  • Caucasian Badger
  • Cheetah
  • Chinese Ferret-badger
  • Common Jackal
  • Common Raccoon Dog
  • Congo Clawless Otter
  • Corsac Fox
  • Cougar
  • Coyote
  • Crab-eating Fox
  • Culpeo
  • Darwin’s Fox
  • Dhole
  • Domestic Cat
  • Domestic Dog
  • Eastern Spotted Skunk
  • Eastern Wolf
  • Ethiopian Wolf
  • Eurasian Otter
  • European Badger
  • Fennec Fox
  • Fisher
  • Formosan Ferret-badger
  • Giant Otter
  • Gray Fox
  • Gray Wolf
  • Greater Grison
  • Greater Hog Badger
  • Hairy-nosed Otter
  • Hoary Fox
  • Hooded Skunk
  • Honey Badger
  • Humboldt’s Hog-nosed Skunk
  • Island Fox
  • Jaguar
  • Japanese Badger
  • Japanese Marten
  • Japanese Raccoon Dog
  • Javan Ferret-badger
  • Kit Fox
  • Leopard
  • Lesser Grison
  • Lion
  • Maned Wolf
  • Marbled Polecat
  • Marine Otter
  • Molina’s Hog-nosed Skunk
  • Neotropical River Otter
  • Nilgiri Marten
  • North American River Otter
  • Northern Hog Badger
  • Orca
  • Pacific Marten
  • Palawan Stink Badger
  • Pale Fox
  • Pampas Fox
  • Patagonian Weasel
  • Pine Marten
  • Polar Bear
  • Pygmy Spotted Skunk
  • Red Fox
  • Red Wolf
  • Rüppell’s Fox
  • Sable
  • Saharan Striped Polecat
  • Sea Otter
  • Sechuran Fox
  • Short-eared Dog
  • Side-striped Jackal
  • Smooth-coated Otter
  • Snow Leopard
  • South American Gray Fox
  • Southern River Otter
  • Southern Spotted Skunk
  • Spotted-necked Otter
  • Spotted Leopard
  • Striped Hog-nosed Skunk
  • Striped Polecat
  • Striped Skunk
  • Sumatran Hog Badger
  • Sunda Stink Badger
  • Swift Fox
  • Tayra
  • Tibetan Fox
  • Tiger
  • Vietnam Ferret-badger
  • Walrus
  • Western Spotted Skunk
  • Wolverine
  • Yellow-throated Marten

Birds

  • Australian Boobook
  • Bald Eagle
  • Black Kite
  • Chaco Eagle
  • Common Kestrel
  • Ferruginous Hawk
  • Galápagos Hawk
  • Harpy Eagle
  • Jamaican Owl
  • Long-eared Owl
  • Morepork
  • Northern Cassowary
  • Osprey
  • Pearl Kite
  • Puerto Rican Owl
  • Red Goshawk
  • Secretary Bird
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Shikra
  • Southern Cassowary
  • Spotted Kestrel
  • Sulawesi Serpent Eagle
  • Verreaux’s Eagle

Amphibians

Reptiles

Insects

  • Antlions
  • Assassin Bug
  • Black Carpet Beetles
  • Bush Crickets
  • Dragonflies
  • Ground Beetles
  • Mantis
  • Pug Moths

Invertebrates

  • Bolas Spider
  • Crown-of-Thorns Starfish
  • Dumbo Octopus
  • Fishing Spider
  • Lion’s Mane Jellyfish
  • Jumping Spider
  • Sea Star
  • Wolf Spider

Fish

  • Barracuda
  • Common Dolphinfish
  • Great White Shark
  • Moray Eel
  • Muskellunge
  • Red-bellied Piranha
  • Yellow Pike

FAQs

1. What carnivorous animals live in the ocean?

Great whites, orcas, barracudas, etc.

2. What carnivorous animals live in the rainforest?

Giant otters, jaguars, piranhas, etc.

3. What carnivorous animals live in the desert?

Coyotes, kit foxes, bobcats, etc.

4. What carnivores live in Africa?

African wild dogs, cheetahs, lions, etc.

5. What carnivores live in Australia?

Dingoes, moray eels, cassowaries, etc.