Giant Anteater

Myrmecophaga tridactyla

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About the Giant Anteater


Geographic Range:


Class: Mammalia
Order: Pilosa
Family: Myrmecophagidae
Genus:  Myrmecophaga
Species: tridactyla

The giant anteater has small eyes and ears, a long snout, and a bushy tail. It's typically brown with white and black stripes. Its tongue can elongate to approximately two feet in order to capture prey. The giant anteater is not aggressive, but when cornered it will defend itself with the four-inch claws of its forepaws.