Giant Anteater

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Giant anteater
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Mammalia
Superorder: Xenarthra
Order: Pilosa
Family: Myrmecophagidae
Genus: Myrmecophaga
Linnaeus, 1758
Binomial name
Myrmecophaga tridactyla
Linnaeus, 1758

The Giant Anteater, Myrmecophaga, is an animal that lives in Central and South America.

It is known as ant bear It is famous because it is the only mammal without teeth. It eats a lot of ants, hence the name. It is the largest anteater: its length is between 182cm and 217cm. Males weigh between 33 and 41 kg, female are 27 and 39 kg. This species is mostly terrestrial, in contrast to other living anteaters and sloths which are arboreal or semi-arboreal. It forages in open areas and rests in more forested habitats. It feeds primarily on ants and termites, using its foreclaws to dig them up and its long, sticky tongue to collect them.