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Southern Tamandua

Tamandua tetradactyla


An anteater with strong claws and a long, powerful, prehensile tail. Its coat is fawn to dark brown, and in some individuals from the south-eastern part of its range there is a black or dark brown 'collar' running from the shoulders to the rump. The nose and tail only have very short, sparse fur. As with other anteaters, the nose and jaws are very long, the ears and eyes small, and the tongue can be extended 40cm from the mouth.


Savannah, scrub and wet or dry forest. South America east of the Andes from Venezuela to northern Argentina and Trinidad.


Spotted at the fantastic Fazenda Barranco Alto.

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26 Comments (1–25)

JeffCrocombe 7 years ago

Thanks again to everyone who commented.

turtles2penguins 7 years ago

Cute! :o

rubens.luciano 7 years ago

Congratulations for SOTD!. This is called "Tamanduá Mirim" in portuguese.

Congratulations on the SOTD. Lovely creature, would love to have one in my property..... ; ) (lots of all kinds of ants here) : (

Wow,great capture Jeff,congrats on the SOTD and thanks for sharing

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago


Congratulations !

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 7 years ago

Congratulations !!

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 7 years ago

Congratulations on the SOTD Jeff, grest photos and a brilliant spotting!

JeffCrocombe 7 years ago

Wow. Thanks everyone. It was the mammal highlight of our South American trip. We spotted it on the first drive of the afternoon about 3 hours after we landed at Fazenda Barranco Alto.

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Beautiful! Congrats!

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Wonderful creature! Congrats!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 7 years ago

Well deserved. Congrats!

MacChristiansen 7 years ago

Congratulations on your SOTD Jeff

NuwanChathuranga 7 years ago

Congratulations Jeff!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 7 years ago


YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Congratulations on your SOTD Jeff! This is one of the cutest spottings on PN! It looks like a cute stuffed animal!

KarenL 7 years ago

Congratulations Jeff! The awesome capture has been chosen spotting of the day!

The southern tamandua has an effective defense against predators such as jaguars, birds of prey, and small cats like the margay; it releases an unpleasant musk from a gland at the base of its tail, much like a skunk. The tamandua's powerful forearms and claws can also be used for defense.

BirdChirp 7 years ago

Cute animal and amazing shot

YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Sooo cute! Wonderful spotting!

patty 7 years ago

Tamanduas are really cute animals! Fazenda Barranco Alto must be a great place if it has such beautiful animals; at least one may calmly go on a pic-nic that maybe there aren´t as many ants... ;)
Great pictures too Jeff ! Greetings

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Great spotting Jeff. I would love to watch them in action.

KerryHawkins 7 years ago

Oh I love this photo. It makes the animal appear to be wearing overalls!

EmilyMarino 7 years ago

So cute! Wonderful encounter!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 7 years ago


Spotted by

Aquidauana, MS, Brazil

Spotted on Feb 14, 2013
Submitted on May 9, 2013

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