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Northern Tamandua

Tamandua mexicana


Medium-sized Anteater, prehensile tail, long sticky tongue adapted to extract ants and termites


forests from Mexico to northern South America


I spotted this Northern Tamandua at La Selva. It was sleeping on a large tree along the main river at the Biological Station. I stayed with it for over half an hour, waiting for it to occasionally wake up and change positions. That's when I was able to get some better shots of it. I haven't seen many Northern Tamanduas in my life and this was one of my best experiences with on.

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Wow.. great work Dan

Tukup a year ago

So nice to see so many old "friends" in your pictures from Costa Rica. I have seem many of them, but usually in such thick jungle it is impossible to get a foto. Yours are fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing Dan.

KarenSaxton a year ago

I'm so jealous. I really want to see one of these guys

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette a year ago

Thank you Sukanya, Mel, Zlatan, Ingrid and Jae!

Jae a year ago

Awesome spotting and equally awesome photos, dandoucette.

Ingrid3 a year ago

Fantastic! so comfortable lounging on the branches!

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic a year ago


Mel11 a year ago

Most wonderful pictures, I didn't realise that they could climb trees.

SukanyaDatta a year ago

Oh my!!

Dan Doucette
Spotted by
Dan Doucette

Heredia Province, Costa Rica

Spotted on Jan 10, 2021
Submitted on Mar 12, 2021

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