Habitat of the giant anteater
Habitat of the giant anteater
 
 
A giant anteater pup
A giant anteater pup
 
 
A giant anteater's long tongue
A giant anteater's long tongue
 
 
Hunting for ants
Hunting for ants
 
 
Notice the anteaters's long claws used for digging
Notice the anteaters's long claws used for digging
 
 
An adult giant anteater
An adult giant anteater
 
Anteater
Topic(s):   Endangered Animals, Grassland Animals, Mammals, Rainforest Animals, Woodland Animals
Quick Facts
Type of Animal mammal
Biome(s) tropical rainforests, tropical grasslands
Habitat(s) rainforest floor layer, woodlands
Diet ground ants, termites, fruit, larvae
Male male
Female female
Baby pup
Group group
Predators jaguars and other large cats
Endangered yes; loss of habitat

The giant anteater is not a real giant. It is a medium sized animal but bigger than other anteaters. Its body is narrow. Its fur is mostly gray with black and white fur along the shoulders. The hair is coarse and thick. The hair is longest on the bushy tail.

An anteater has a long, narrow snout or nose and a long sticky tongue. It can stick its tongue two feet out of its mouth and down into an antís nest. It eats for about 30 to 60 seconds at each anthill. An anteater can eat 30,000 to 50,000 ants each day!

The anteater does not have good hearing or sight but it has a very good sense of smell. It has no teeth. Its walk is like a shuffle or a waddle. It can be about six feet long from the tip of its snout to tail and weigh about fifty-five pounds. Three large claws on the front feet help get into ant and termite nests. The claws can be used for defense.

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