Giant Anteater

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Giant anteater
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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 182 cm and 217 cm. 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.

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The Giant anteater is designed to eat mainly termites and ants. Giant anteaters do not have any teeth in their mouth. They do, however have a special spaghetti-shaped tongue that allows them to consume about 30,000 ants and termites every day.[1]

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  1. "Giant Anteater | San Diego Zoo Animals & Plants". animals.sandiegozoo.org. Retrieved 2019-05-06.