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Tamanduá-bandeira

Myrmecophaga tridactyla

Description:

The representative largest Myrmecophagidae family and can reach up to 2.1 m in length and 45 kg in weight. It has no teeth, and tongue can reach 61 cm in length, but only 13mm wide. Produces a sticky saliva that ants and termites are retained. They have three toes on forefeet and five on hind feet. They are usually gray, with white members, with a banda diagonal black and white shoulder length. The anteaters tend to walk on their knuckles, due to the long length of his claws.

Habitat:

It inhabits a wide variety of environments, from tropical rain forest to savanna environments and open fields, being more common in the latter. The giant anteater is one of the most specialized predators that exist, feeding almost exclusively on ants and termites. However, there is also a preference among species of ants and termites that are predated by giant anteater taking into consideration the nutritional value, availability and response their prey to the attack .

Notes:

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9 Comments

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 6 years ago

Wow, fantastic picture! That's a really cute one...

Smith'sZoo
Smith'sZoo 6 years ago

Oh my goodness! Wow!

tibiprada
tibiprada 6 years ago

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Seema
Seema 6 years ago

super cute..

CalebIzdepski
CalebIzdepski 6 years ago

this is silly cute

maria.silvacirotto
maria.silvacirotto 6 years ago

Coisa linda!!!

Valéria
Valéria 6 years ago

It is a center of rehabilitation and reintroduction of wild animals.

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Another beauty! Is it in an animal care center or a zoo?

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 6 years ago

Oh my - what a CUTIE!

Presidente Kennedy, Tocantins, Brazil

Lat: -8.46, Long: -48.46

Spotted on Nov 8, 2012
Submitted on Nov 8, 2012

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