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Anteaters are the four mammal species of the suborder Vermilingu commonly known for eating ants and termites. Together with the sloths, they compose the order Pilosa. The anteater is extensively distributed in South and Central America, frequenting low swampy savannas, along the banks of rivers, and the depths of the humid forests, but is nowhere abundant.


Anteaters are toothless mammals that feed primarily on ants and termites.

Anteaters Classification:

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Pilosa
SubOrder: Vermilingua

Other Names: antbear, ant bear, echidna, myrmecobius fasciatus, new world Anteater, numbat, orycteropus afer,

Species: Anteaters that exist today are divided into three genera's that include: Giant Anteater, the Silky Anteater, and the Northern and Southern Tamandua anteaters.

AnteaterSpecies Include:

Pygmy Anteater (aka Silky Anteater) - Cyclopes Didactylus
Giant Anteater - Myrmecophaga Tridactyla
Lesser Anteaters - Tamandua Tetradactyla and Tamandua Mexicana


Anteaterin Foreign Languages:

Cherokee: dosvdali digayesgi
Mandarin: shíyishòu
Croatian: mravojed
Czech: mravenecník
Danish: myresluger
Dutch: miereneter
Estonian: sipelgaõgija
Finnish: muurahaiskarhu
French: fourmilier
German: Ameisenbär
Greek: myrmigkofágos
Hungarian: hangyász
Icelandic: mauraæta'
Italian: formichiere
Japanese: arikui
Navajo: wóláchíí' yildeelí
Norwegian: maursluker
Polish: mrówkojad
Portuguese: tamanduá
Romanian: furnicar
Russian: murav'jéd
Spanish: oso hormiguero
Swahili: kiharara / loma
Turkish: karincayiyen
Ukrainian: muraxojíd

Size: The smallest Anteaterspecies is the Silky Anteater, measuring 14-18 inches in length and weighing approximately 14 oz. The largest Anteaterspecies is the Giant Anteaterwhich is 40-48 inches long (with a tail length of 28-35 inches)and weighs 60-140 lbs. Male anteaters are heavier than their female counterparts.

Habitat: Anteaters are found in South and Central America, their habitat includes dry tropical forests, rain forests, grasslands, and savannas.

Description: .Anteaters have long, sticky tongue and powerful claws. They have a tube-shaped mouth with lips but no teeth and a prehensile tail. Anteaters are covered with dense, long fur protects that protects them from insect attacks. With the exception of the Giant Anteaterall species of anteaters have a prehensile tail. Anteaters have small rounded external ears are small eyes.

Senses: Anteaters are thought to have good hearing, poor eyesight but an excellent sense of smell.

Behavior: Anteaters protect a 1 to 1.5 square miles territory that they call home.

Diet: Anteaters use large, curved front claws to tear open ant and termite mounds. Anteaters will also eat beetle larvae and bees.

Did You Know?

Anteaters have the lowest body temperature of any mammal. Anteaters can tolerate greater fluctuations in body temperature than most mammals.

Gestation: Giant anteaters carry their young for approximately 190 days. The gestation length may vary for other species of anteaters.

Life Span: The puma and the jaguar are natural predators of the Anteater. The life span of the Anteatervaries by species.

Did You Know?

The Spiny Anteater, Banded Anteater, Cape Anteaterand Scaly Anteaterare not considered "true anteaters".

Social Structure: Adult anteaters are normally solitary.





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