MAMMAL MONDAY #87
It’s off to South America for us today! Are you packed and ready to join us? We’re off to find a large mammal with an extraordinarily looooong tongue! Do you have a guess on who it might be? Grab your gear and let’s head out on today’s adventure!
MEET THE GIANT ANTEATER!
Diet: Insectivore: termites, ants
Length/Weight: 5 ½-7 ¼ ft/ 60-90 lbs
Conservation Status: vulnerable
- Giant anteaters have long tubular snouts with tiny mouths.
- They have 2 ft long tongues.
- Giant anteaters have poor eyesight.
- Giant anteaters have an excellent sense of smell.
- They have large front claws to dig in termite mounds.
- Giant anteaters are excellent swimmers.
Giant anteaters are such great creatures! They are related to sloths! Who knew that? When baby anteaters are born, they ride on their mothers backs!