Collared Anteater

(Tamandua tetradactyla nigra)

CHARACTERISTICS

Origin
South America

Habitat
tropical rainforests

Diet
Ants, termites, bees, fruits

Status
least concern

Weight
3 kg up to 6 kg

Achievable age
over 15 years

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.

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?

  • 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.