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Pictures of Giant Anteaters
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Giant Anteater


Giant Anteater

Giant Anteater Eating From Trough


Giant Anteater Eating From Trough

Giant Anteater Face Closeup


Giant Anteater Face Closeup

Giant Anteater Standing


Giant Anteater Standing

Giant Anteater Walking


Giant Anteater Walking

Giant Anteater Closeup


Giant Anteater Closeup
Giant Anteater Closeup

Giant Ant Eater


Giant Ant Eater
Giant Anteater
Giant Anteater
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Giant Anteater pictures (Myrmecophaga tridactyla). The giant anteater is endangered.

An anteater catches its prey, mostly ants and termites, using its sticky two-foot-long tongue. A special gummy saliva and many tiny, backwards-pointing spines cover the tongue, creating a sticky trap for ants. Capable of 150 flicks of the tongue per minute, the anteater quickly snatches up prey for about a minute and then moves on before the ants have a chance to attack.

Anteaters don't have teeth--because of their diet of mushy animals, they just grind them up between their tongue and the roof of their mouth.

Anteaters always walk on the sides and suckles of their front feet with their claws tucked inwards. This protects their long claws from dulling while walking, keeping them sharp for tearing open ant and termite nests.