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Northern Tamandua

Tamandua mexicana

Description:

Tamandua mexicana is much smaller than giant anteaters (Myrmecophaga tridactyla). Head and body length ranges from 470 to 770 mm and tail length from 402 to 672 mm. Northern tamanduas are fawn to brownish colored and have a distinct, black "V" going down their backs. One of their names, vested anteaters, is derived from this "V" as it makes the anteater appear to be wearing a vest. Northern tamanduas always have this vivid, black "vest" on their trunk that continues from the shoulders to the rump. Southern tamanduas, northern tamandua's closest relative, only has this "V" in some specimens from the southeastern portion of their range, the part of their range which is farthest from the range of northern tamanduas. Sometimes the two species can only be distinguished by characters of the skull.

Habitat:

T. mexicana ranges from southern Mexico in the north of its range, through Central America as far south as northwestern Peru and northwestern Venezuela. It ranges from sea level to 2,000 m asl, although most sightings have been recorded from areas below 1,000 m asl. T. mexicana is found in tropical and subtropical dry and moist forest, including mixed deciduous and evergreen habitats. It can also be found in mangroves and grassland with some trees. It can survive in secondary forests and in disturbed habitats.

Notes:

ANIMAL IN WILDLIFE

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22 Comments

amara.oreo
amara.oreo 9 years ago

Great shots!!!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Great spotting; I especially like the fourth photo!

Tavo
Tavo 9 years ago

I appreciate your comments Alice and Ceherzog!!!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Lovely Series!

ceherzog
ceherzog 9 years ago

What a funny face..love him/her!

Tavo
Tavo 9 years ago

Thanks a lot Cranbrook and Gerardo!!!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Extraordinary series Tavo !

Great series!

Tavo
Tavo 9 years ago

You´re welcome Kevin, thanks for your comment. Good taht you liked.

kevinm1
kevinm1 9 years ago

Awesome pictures. Never seen one o' these before. THANKS!

Tavo
Tavo 9 years ago

Thanks for your comments people, KarenL this tamandua its a wild animal, i will add a note.

patty
patty 9 years ago

Beautiful tamandua and series Tavo =)

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Lovely series! Please advise if this a wild or captive animal.
Hermosa serie! Por favor indíquenos si esta un animal salvaje o en cautiverio.

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 9 years ago

What a cute animal!!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago

So lucky!

Tavo
Tavo 9 years ago

GRACIAS JUAN DITRANI!!! :)

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 9 years ago

Muy buena foto!

Tavo
Tavo 9 years ago

THANKS MATIMAR 1, YOU MAKE ME HAPPY WITH YOUR COMMENT :)

Beautiful !

Tavo
Tavo 9 years ago

I SAW IT IN APRIL OF LAST YEAR, ONE YEAR AGO.

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 9 years ago

What a beautiful spotting!

katmc2020
katmc2020 9 years ago

When'd you run into him?

Tavo
Spotted by
Tavo

Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Apr 26, 2012
Submitted on Apr 3, 2013

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