Southern Tamandua

Tamandua tetradactlya

Also called the lesser anteater, the tamandua uses its long snout to sniff out ant, termite and bee colonies. Long claws enable it to dig into nests, and a long sticky tongue licks up the insects. A single tamandua can eat up to 9,000 ants in a single day!

Fact File

lengthLength: Up to 1 ft
weightWeight: 7.5 to 15.5 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 7 yrs
habitatHabitat: Savanna, scrub, dry forest and tropical rainforest
dietDiet: Ants, bees and termites