Collared Anteater

Tamandua tetradactyla nigra

Taking to the trees

Tamanduas have a clear advantage over their much larger relative the giant anteater. While the big guys are stuck on the ground, tamanduas can scamper up and down trees thanks to their prehensile tails.

Charakteristics

  • Origin

    South America

  • Habitat

    tropical rainforests

  • Diet

    Ants, termites, bees, fruits

  • Status

    least concern

  • Size

    47 to 88 cm

  • Weight

    3 kg to 6 kg

  • Gestation period

    130 to 150 days

  • Achievable age

    over 15 years

Threat Categories of IUCN

A flypaper tongue

The tongue of a tamandua is up to 40 cm long and covered in sticky saliva – perfect for catching insects. The animals can dart out their tongue and slurp up their prey at remarkable speeds.

Did you know that?

Tamanduas have poor eyesight but an excellent sense of smell.
Anteaters are equipped with remarkable “excavator shovels”.
The long claws on all their feet make short work of termite mounds.

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