Animals Mammals

Animals Mammals

Giant Anteater


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Myrmecophaga tridactyla
PROFILE:

Giant anteaters are primarily solitary, with the exception of mothers and offspring. The offspring is carried on mom’s back and aligned with her white stripe, providing excellent camouflage, often until it is nine months old. Anteaters use their tongues, which are covered with small, backward-pointing spines and sticky saliva, to capture their prey. Those tongues can be up to two feet long!

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Mammal, Pilosa (sloths and anteaters)
NATIVE TO:
Central to South America
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Vulnerable
DIET:
Insectivore
LIFESPAN:
zoos - up to 16 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Solitary
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