Giant Anteaters are solitary animals, except for mothers, who carry their offspring on their back. While they have poor vision, their keen sense of smell allows them to detect anthills and termite mounds, which they tear open with their sharp claws. They then flick their sticky, two-foot-long tongues up to 160 times per minute to collect their prey; they must eat fast, as the insects dispense painful stings. Each day, the Giant Anteater swallows up to 30,000 insects.
Their ferocity, keen sense of smell, strong, sharp claws and powerful front legs.
The Giant Anteater has poor vision and hearing, and no teeth.
Best Animals to Adapt With
The Giant Anteater has plenty of intelligence and wisdom but comes up short with stamina and agility. For this reason, they’re best suited to adapt with the agile Spider Monkey and the resilient Anaconda.
The Giant Anteater’s main predators are jaguars, mountain lions and humans.
Increasing Their Survival Rate
The IUCN classifies Giant Anteaters as vulnerable or near threatened. Threats include habitat destruction and hunting. To learn more, visit The Giant Anteater Conservation Project.
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In Amazon mythology, the Giant Anteater is often depicted as a trickster to the jaguar, as well as a humorous figure due to its long snout. Certain indigenous tribes wear masks of Anteaters and various other animals during important rituals. It was believed that women who touched Anteater masks or men who stumbled while wearing them would die or be cursed with a physical disorder.