What do meerkats eat?

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Meerkats are omnivores, meaning they eat both plant and animal matter. Based on the search results, their diet consists of the following:

Animal Sources

  • Insects: Meerkats primarily feed on insects like beetles, termites, spiders, crickets, centipedes, millipedes, and even scorpions (they are immune to scorpion venom)1245.
  • Small vertebrates: They also eat small reptiles like lizards and snakes, small birds, rodents, frogs, and bird eggs245.

Plant Sources

  • Fruits and seeds: Meerkats consume various fruits, seeds, tubers, and roots to obtain important vitamins, minerals, and water245.
  • Other plant matter: They may occasionally eat plant leaves and fungi2.
Meerkats are opportunistic foragers, meaning they eat whatever food sources are readily available in their environment2. Their diet varies based on seasons and availability of prey. They spend a significant portion of their day digging and foraging for food14. Meerkats exhibit remarkable adaptations to handle certain prey, such as removing the stinger from scorpions before consuming them and rubbing scorpions in sand to remove residual venom4. They are also immune to the venom of certain snake species4. Overall, meerkats have a diverse diet consisting of insects, small animals, fruits, seeds, and other plant matter, which allows them to thrive in their arid desert habitats1245.
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