- The anteater belongs to an order of mammals (along
with armadillos and sloths) with small brains and few,
or no teeth.
- Anteaters have extra backbone joints that helps strengthen
their lower back and hips, which are useful for digging.
- The sticky tongue of an anteater is covered in tiny
backward-pointing spines and saliva, which allows them
to consume thousands of insects in a single day.
- Anteaters feed on insects like ants and termites.
- Anteaters use their excellent sense of smell to detect
- The giant anteater is a subspecies of anteater that
can grow up to 4 feet (excluding the tail) in length.
- Giant anteaters can consume over 30,000 insects,
plus their eggs and larvae, in a single day.
- The giant anteaterís tongue can be nearly 2 feet
- The giant anteaterís tongue can be flicked in and
out of the anteaterís mouth up to 150 times a minute.
- It is estimated that there are only 5,000 giant
anteaters in the wild, and only 90 giant anteaters in
zoos across the United States.
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