Head-Body Length:1-1.2 m
Identification:The coat of the giant anteater is gray-brown with a diagonal black and white shoulder stripe. The tail is long and bushy, and the foreclaws are long and powerful.
Diet:Carnivore: termites and ants (eggs, larvae, and adults)
Reproduction:The breeding season falls from March to May. Gestation is 190 days long. A female weans her one young when it is six months of age.
Social Structure:Anteaters are solitary animals.
Behavior:Unlike other anteaters, the giant anteater does not climb trees. It walks on its knuckles to protect its long foreclaws.
Interesting Facts:Female anteaters give birth standing on their hind legs, using their tails as third legs for support
|Name||Giant Anteater,Myrmecophaga tridactyla|
|Litter Size||The giant anteater can be identified by its large size, elongated muzzle, and long bushy tail. It has a total body length of 182–217 cm (5.97–7.12 ft). Males weigh 33–41 kg (73–90 lb) and females weigh 27–39 kg (60–86 lb), making the giant anteater the largest extant species in its suborder|
|Reproduction||The breeding season falls from March to May. Gestation is 190 days long. A female weans her one young when it is six months of age|
Kingdom – Animalia
Phylum – Chordata
Class – Mammalia
Order – Xenarthra
Family – Myrmecophagidae
Genus – Myrmecophaga
Genus Species – Myrmecophaga tridactyla