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.
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
Anteaters are listed as vulnerable due to habitat destruction and poaching. They are protected in some areas of their range.
Anteaters have no teeth and males can weigh up to 90 lbs.