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  1. Anteater Facts - Animal Facts Encyclopedia › Anteater-facts

    Oct 11, 2016 · Smaller anteaters can fall prey to jaguars, cougars, pythons, boas, eagles and wolves, so they must be on the alert. When a predator approaches, the anteaters will put on a boisterous display, standing high up on their hind legs using their strong tails as a tri-pod and arching their backs.

  2. Anteater Animal Facts | Myrmecophaga Tridactyla | AZ Animals › animals › anteater

    Apr 17, 2021 · Northern tamanduas are not considered threatened. Their natural predators include jaguars, large snakes, and eagles. Harpy eagles, eagle-hawks and spectacled owls prey on silky anteaters. The conservation status of tamanduas and silky anteaters is listed as least concern.

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    1. giant anteater


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    1. Tapered head with a long, tubular mouth opening. They have poor vision, but excellent hearing and sense of smell. Their body is long and slender. Their coat is a coarse, dense fur with a gray coloring and a broad, diagonal black stripe edged in white running from neck and chest toward the mid-dorsal.


    1. Head & body length: 100 to 120 cm (3.3 to 3.9 ft.) Tail length: 65 to 90 cm (2.1 to 3.0 ft.)


    1. Male: Males may exceed 45.5 kg (100 lbs.), but are usually 20 to 40.9 kg (44 to 90 lbs.) Female: females 20% smaller

    Giant anteaters prey almost exclusively on social insects (i.e. ants and termites). Such dietary focus significantly shapes the physical form and behavior of the species.
    Giant anteaters do not have teeth; instead, they have tongues can reach as much as 610 mm (2 ft.) in length! As long as the tongue is, it is relatively narrow over the entirety of its length, with...
    Their tongues are covered with tiny spines which point toward the back of the throat. Additionally, their tongue is coated with a thick, sticky coat of saliva (which is secreted from relatively enl...
    The stomachs of anteaters do not secrete hydrochloric acid. Instead, they depend on the formic acid content of their ant-dominated diet to aid in digestion.

    The giant anteaters are becoming quite rare due to the exotic pet trade and habitat destruction. They have all but disappeared from their historic range within Central America. In South America, they are hunted for their meat and for trophies. Some are also killed because they are mistakenly blamed in the killing of cattle and dogs. Anteaters are essential in maintaining insect populations. In addition, they are food for other larger carnivores.

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  4. Anteater: Lifestyle, Habitat and Interesting Facts › en › zoology

    However, the anteaters themselves, in turn, can become prey for other dangerous predators, especially jaguars, panthers, and large snakes. In order to protect themselves, anteaters have muscular legs with claws. In case of danger, the anteater falls on its back and starts swinging in all directions with all its four paws.

  5. Anteater - Wikipedia › wiki › Anteater

    Anteater is a common name for the four extant mammal species of the suborder Vermilingua (meaning "worm tongue") commonly known for eating ants and termites. The individual species have other names in English and other languages. Together with the sloths, they are within the order Pilosa.

  6. Giant Anteater: The Animal Files › mammals › anteaters

    Predators The main predators of Giant Anteaters are mountain lions, jaguars and humans Subspecies There are two subspecies of the Giant Anteater: Myrmecophaga tridactyla artata Myrmecophaga tridactyla centralis Interesting Facts Giant Anteaters are the largest species of anteater. Their tongue can protrude more than 60 cms (2 ft) out of their mouth.

  7. Is a anteater a prey or predator? - Answers › Q › Is_a_anteater_a_prey_or_predator

    Jan 29, 2009 · They are insectivores, which means they eat insects (hence the name 'anteater'), so they 'prey' upon ants, their 'prey', so yes, they are predators.

  8. 15 Majestic Facts About the Anteater | Mental Floss › article › 64660
    • Their tongues are ridiculous. They start at the anteater’s breastbone and can extend up to two feet long. Their tongues are also covered in backward-facing spines and super-sticky saliva for maximum bug collection.
    • They’ve got no teeth.
    • Their legs look like panda faces. Getty Images. Once you’ve seen it, you can’t unsee it. This patterning is part of the giant anteater’s protective coloration.
    • They’ve got fistfuls of knives.
  9. Dec 09, 2016 · Apart from the self defense tendency, these giant anteaters essentially utilize their strong limbs and long claws to scare off bigger creatures including mountain lions, pumas and even human beings, which are its most regular predator.

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