The Giant Anteater is a medium-sized, long-tongued animal found in the rain forests of South and Central America. They are about six feet long from snout to tail and they weigh about fifty-five pounds. The hearing and sight of anteaters are not the greatest, but they make up for it with their great sense of smell. The anteaters walk is similar to a shuffle or a waddle. They can live to be fourteen to twenty-five years old.
Anreaters eat mainly ants, soft-bodied grubs, and other small insects. They get their food by sticking their long tongues into holes or termite mounds and scooping the food out. Their main form of protection is their powerful claws. They even walk on their knuckles to protect them. They don t have many predators only the puma and the jaguar. They also don t stay together for protection but mainly stay by themselves unless it is mating season.
The female has only one baby at a time. When the baby is
born it crawls onto the mother s back and stays with her until she has another baby.
Whether the anteater is in the wild or in the zoo it is a really cool animal. If you want to see an actual anteater go to a zoo or a rain forest near you.