This animal really lives up to it's name. In order to reach its
food, the anteater scratches a hole in an anthill with a sharp, curved claw.
It darts its tongue in and out of the hole capturing the ants and swallowing
Though anteaters never attack another animal first, they will defend themselves
fiercely. When in danger it will strike out with its thick, strong claws.
Its claws measure as long as four inches(10 cm). It is a match for even a
mountain lion or jaguar.
Anteaters eat several kinds of insects, but ants and termites
are the animals main food. They have no teeth, so the insect is crushed and
digested in its stomach. Their eyesight is poor leaving it to its sense of
smell to find food.
The life span is three to fourteen years, depending on the species. Gestation
is five or six months, producing one young.
The anteater lives in tropical forests and grasslands of Central
and South America. The silky anteater stays mostly in the trees. The tamandau
divides its time between the ground and trees. The giant anteater can measure
up to seven feet long, and and rarely climbs trees. It usually stays in its
own territory. They usually live alone.
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