• Giant Anteater

    Myrmecophaga tridactyla

     

    • Near threatened

    • Central and South America

    • Head & body length: 100-120 cm (3.3-3.9 ft.)
    • Tail length: 65-90 cm (2.1-3.0 ft.)
    • Weight: Males may exceed 45.5 kg (100 lbs.), but are usually 20-40.9 kg (44-90 lb)

    • Tropical forests, savannahs, and grasslands

    • Gestation 180-190 days
    • 1 offspring per birth
    • Sexual maturity at 2-3 years old

    • Insects such as termites, ants, beetles, insect larvae; occasionally fruit. The giant anteater fulfills its need for water by licking wet vegetation.

    • They are edentate animals, they have no teeth.
    • Average life span in the wild 14 years
    • They have poor vision but every good hearing and sense of smell
    • Sense of smell is 40 times more powerful than a human’s
    • The tongue can be pushed 2 feet out of its mouth; it’s covered with tiny spines pointing backwards and sticky saliva to trap ants
    • Carry babies on their backs
    • Have long sharp claws for ripping into logs for insects
    • Will rear up on their hind legs and use their claws to fight off jaguars
    • They are very good swimmers

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