Giant Anteater

Side view of a Giant Anteater.

Animal’s Behavior
The giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) is a mainly terrestrial insectivorous mammal with a long snout and a long, sticky tongue. While they are generally solitary, mothers will carry their young on their backs until weaned.

Eating Habits
That long, sticky tongue is perfect for grabbing the anteater’s favorite foods, including termites and ants.

Grasslands and rainforests in Central and South America

Conservation Efforts
Anteaters are listed as vulnerable due to habitat destruction and poaching. They are protected in some areas of their range.

Animal Facts
Anteaters have no teeth and males can weigh up to 90 lbs.