Giant Anteater

Name

Giant Anteater

Scientific Name

Myrmecophaga tridactyla

Characteristics

Anteaters are mammals known as endentate animals with a long toungue and no teeth. Their long tongues are specially adapted to lap up 35,000 ants/termites each day. Giant Anteaters are the largest of 4 anteater species reaching eight feet long from the tip of its snout to the end of its tail. It is covered in grayish brown fur with white front legs, black stripes running from its chest to its back, and a large bushy tail.

Diet

They eat ants and termites around 35,000 every day.

Size Fact

Their tongue is at least 60cm long! 

Food Fact

They use their long nose and tongue to reach ants and termites inside their mounds. 

Fun Fact

Anteaters are also know as Ant Bears

IUCN Red list

Anteaters are listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN red list

Where do I live?

In the forests of Central America and South America
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