Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Creature Feature #22: Anteater

The weird-looking Giant Anteater is a large insectivore found in South America.  He can grow up to 217 cm in length and weighs up to 41 kgs. Unlike other anteater species, he is terrestrial. His front claws are long, sturdy and large - perfectly adapted for tearing apart ant and termite nests. To keep them sharp, he curls them back as he walks, putting his weight on his knuckles. Other adaptations to this insect diet include the long snout, lack of teeth andvery limtied jaw movement. His tongue is about 60cm long and covered in short, sticky hairs.

The long bushy tail doubles as a blanket at night.

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