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Northern Tamandua

Tamandua mexicana

Description:

The smaller of Costa Rica's two anteaters.

Habitat:

Spotted on nature trail at Arenal Observatory Lodge, Costa Rica

Notes:

Also known as Collared Anteater, but that name is also applied to Tamandua tetradactyla.

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9 Comments

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Fun fact! The odd looking tamandua or lesser anteater has perfectly evolved to survive in its South American forest and scrub habitat. It’s coarse kinky hair prevents angry ants from reaching its skin when it is dining at an anthill, and enormous front claws that enable it to climb trees, for defense and when digging for food. It also has a prehensile tail that it uses like an extra hand or foot while climbing, or like a tripod when it needs to stand upright to defend itself against predators. If that doesn’t work, it can also emit a foul smelling musk from its anal glands. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=...


alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 7 years ago

Cool!

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

How cute!

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Gorgeous!

TaiRobinson
TaiRobinson 7 years ago

Cool animal (:

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Fantastic spotting and pics Anne Marie!

Ingrid3
Ingrid3 7 years ago

PERFECT pic!

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Wow! Lucky spot and good pics too Anne.

Alajuela, Costa Rica

Spotted on Nov 1, 2013
Submitted on Nov 10, 2013

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