Anteater, Giant

Giant Anteater

optanteategiantrogerwpzoo07The Giant Anteater will tear apart a portion of the termite mound, scoop up thousands of insects in minutes,  leaveing enough of the colony so that the termites can rebuild.  Then the anteater can go back for more at a later time.
The Giant Anteater uses their hooked claws to tear open termite mounds to get to the termites.  They also curl their claws inward when they walk called “knuckle walking”.  Their snout has a velvety covering of fine hairs to prevent the ants and termites from biting them.
Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) – Central to South America.  The Giant Anteater has a tubular snout better equipping the anteater to diet on termites and ants.  The Anteater spends their days sniffing out the termites and ants, using their two foot long sticky tongue, licking up thousands of insects in minutes.   They have small eyes, ears and mouth.  Their coat is shaggy.
At night, the Giant Anteater curls up on the ground or a burrow, covering themselves with their long, bushy tail to hide from predators.

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