Giant Anteater

(Myrmecophaga tridactyla)

The giant anteater lives a solitary life and has a passion for ants and termites. It uses its strong claws to break open termite mounds, then laps up its delicious prey with its long tongue.

CHARACTERISTICS

Range
Central and South America, from Belize to North Argentina

Habitat
clear forests, marshes and shores

Diet
Ants and termites, but also worms, maggots and small berries

 

Size
up to 140 cm in length

Weight
approx. 18 to 52 kg

Gestation period
approx. 6 months

Population
endangered