Giant Anteater is the largest and best-known species of anteater.
lack teeth and feed mostly on ants and termites. The
Giant Anteater has a tube-shaped head with a long, slender snout.
Its coarse, brittle hair is mostly gray and forms a bushy mass
on the tail and sides. A black band of hair bordered by white
bands runs from the throat to the middle of the back. Some Giant
anteaters grow over 6 feet (1.8 meters) in length, including
a tail measuring about 3 feet (0.9 meters) in length. The Giant
Anteater lives on the ground. It walks with its front feet turned
on their sides to protect the claws.
feeding, the animal uses the large second and third claws of
its front foot to rip open ant nests. It then flits its tongue,
which is about 2 feet (60 centimeters) long, into the nest in
rapid in-and-out movements to lick up the ants.
female Giant Anteater gives birth to one baby each year. The
newborn rides on the mother's back for up to a year.
lives in tropical forests and grassy plains in Belize and Guatemala
through South America to Uruguary and the Gran Chaco of Bolivia,
Paraguay and Argentina.