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Anteaters, Anteater Pictures, Facts, and Information

Pictures of two species of anteaters: the Giant Anteater and the Northern Tamandua.

Animal: Anteater

Species: The four species of anteater are the Giant, Silky, Southern Tamandua, and Northern Tamandua  anteater.

Lifespan: Anteaters life about 15 years in the wild, and up to 26 years in captivity!

Size & Weight: The largest species of anteater, the Giant anteater, can be up to 6ft long! The smallest species, the Silky anteater, is only 14 inches long and is about the size of a squirrel!

Habitat: Anteaters can be found in the rainforest, grasslands, semiarid regions, mixed forests of Central and South America.

Diet:Anteaters use their long (2 ft long!) tongue to eat ants and termites. They've also been known to eat fallen fruit and grubs.

Family Life: Anteaters are mostly solitary animals. Male and female anteaters meet up in March and May to mate. Once they're done they go their seperate ways and it is up to the female anteater to raise their pup. A young anteater rides around on it's mothers back to protect itself from predators. A mother and her offspring go their seperate ways when the young anteater is about 2 years old.

*Fun Facts*

  • Anteaters walk on their fists to keep their claws sharp for digging!
  • Anteaters use their big tails as a kick stand when they need to stand on their hind legs!