Myrmecophaga tridactyla

Enaile Dias Siffert

The giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) is the biggest species of anteater and its found in Central and South America. Its body sizes between 100 and 120 cm long, weights 25-30 Kg and its tail measures from 60 to 90 cm. It has a large and conical snout. It lacks of teeth, and its tongue, which is about 60 cm long, is covered by an adhesive substance in order to catch insects it feeds from, specially ants and termites. Its body fur, brown or grey-coloured, with a blacky V and white straights, is short but in the back, where we can observe a mane  joining the tail fur, which presents silver and brown, black, grey bands. The male is bigger than the female.

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