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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Xenarthra
Family:Myrmecophagidae
Genus:Myrmecophaga
Genus species:Myrmecophaga tridactyla

Animal Characteristics

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.
Habitat:Forests, savannas
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.
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.
Status:Vulnerable
Interesting Facts:Female anteaters give birth standing on their hind legs, using their tails as third legs for support.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern North America
Northern South America
Date:1967-06 Subjects:Giant anteater
edentate
Myrmecophaga
Myrmecophagidae
Xenarthra
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata