Scavenger Animals: A List of 9 Species

Scavengers eat dead plants and animals. Scavengers don't hunt. Others scavenge. All predators are scavengers because it's easier to eat a dead animal than to kill one.

Scavengers Animals

North American coyotes scavenge. Like most scavengers, they forage. They'll take a free meal. Coyotes murder pets, but they're also spotted near wolf kills.


Jackals are Eurasia and Africa's coyotes. Mid-sized opportunistic pack-dwellers. Lions, leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas increase jackal scavenging. Most jackals probably scavenge.


Disease-preventing maggots devour carrion. Their larvae treat human and animal wounds. Only eating dead flesh, they may clean wounds and speed healing.

Bottle Flies

Piranha misunderstood. They usually avoid larger creatures. They'll scavenge dead animals with them. Piranha can go on a feeding frenzy with a huge carcass.


Crabs clean the ocean. Some crab species eat different things, but most are scavengers. Crabs pick up debris on the ocean floor. Crabs in shallow water and on beaches clean up dead animals.


Bald eagles scavenge. Hunters who eat. These birds can fend off crows and coyotes. Eagles devour wolf kills in North America. Bald eagles eat bears' fish skin and eggs.


Polar bears hunt their own food. Bears are enormous and strong, thus they can kill. North American bears chase wolf packs off their kills.


They devour decomposing fish and ocean plants. Lobsters and crabs are now gourmet cuisine, but their scavenging status and bug-like appearance made them peasant fare for a long time.


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They're some of the only animals that eat only carrion, and they've adapted well to do so. Their sharp tongues and strong stomach acid help them to clean bones.