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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!


Did You Know?

The tamandua forages both on the ground and in the trees, using its prehensile tail to aid in gripping branches.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Tamandua tetradactlya

Northern and eastern South America

Savanna, scrub, dry forest and tropical rainforest

Up to 1 ft (without tail)

7 years

Zoo Location:
Children's Zoo

Ants, bees and termites