Giant Anteaters are solitary animals found in a variety of habitats in South America from grasslands to rain forest.


Myrmecophaga tridactyla

Giant anteaters are one of the most unusual mammals with a long snout and tongue and large, powerful claws. These adaptations allow them to dig in to an ant and termite nests and then using their long tongue lick up hundreds of ants or termites. They are insectivores and can eat up to 30,000 insects a day.

Their tongue is covered in backward-curving papillae which is coated in a thick sticky saliva, great for eating ants and termites!

The Giant Anteater is classified as vulnerable, they are often killed in collisions with vehicles, hunted and populations have been reduced due to loss of habitat.

  • Giant Anteater
  • Giant Anteater


Giant anteaters are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN red list.

Giant anteaters are found throughout Central and South America. Their habitat includes:

  • Tropical rainforests
  • Shrubland

Giant anteaters are insectivores and feed mainly on ants and termites.

Giant anteaters have a number of threats that include:

  • Habitat Loss
  • Human conflict
  • Forest fires


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