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Weird Creatures: Anteaters
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Weird Creatures: Anteaters

With a long nose, tongue, and a tube-like, toothless mouth, the anteater slurps up ants, termites, and other insects. Powerful, curved claws let it rip into insect nests.

Four anteater species exist today, forming a mammal suborder known as the Vermilingua, the “worm tongues.” These Central and South American natives are closely related to sloths and more distantly to armadillos.

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Anteater, Sloth, and Armadillo Specialist Group

Anteater, Sloth, and Armadillo Specialist Group

Along with anteaters and sloths, armadillos make up the ancient mammalian group Xenartha. Xentarthans have unusual looks and habitat specializations. Many species are threatened. Find out more. More...

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International Union for Conservation of Nature
Ancient Digging Mammal Is A ‘Scaly Anteater Relative’

Ancient Digging Mammal Is A ‘Scaly Anteater Relative’

The ancient Ernanodon antelios, has long puzzled paleontologists. Was it more closely related to modern anteaters, sloths, and armadillos, or to the pangolin, aka the scaly anteater? Read on. More...

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Scientific American
Anteater Facts Quiz

Anteater Facts Quiz

Challenge yourself with this fact-filled anteater quiz. (Hint: You might want to check out the rest of this page before you take it on!) More...

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QuizMoz
The Online Anteater

The Online Anteater

People tend to blog about their passions. This blogger writes about all things anteater, and provides lots of news, videos, and links as well. More...

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The Online Anteater
Baby Giant Anteater: Interview with Biologist Marie Magnuson

Baby Giant Anteater: Interview with Biologist Marie Magnuson

The zoo birth of a baby giant anteater is a big deal. Biologist Marie Magnuson describes this happy event at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Mini-Me would really work for a name! More...

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Smithsonian
Researcher Profiles: Flávia Miranda

Researcher Profiles: Flávia Miranda

Veterinarian Flávia Miranda fell under the spell of the anteater as a postgraduate. Read about her research with the silky anteater, a widely distributed species that continues to hold its own — so far. More...

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International Union for Conservation of Nature
Tamandua or Lesser Anteater

Tamandua or Lesser Anteater

Equally at home in the trees or on the ground, the tamandua is a small, nocturnal anteater. When cornered by a predator, it releases a skunky substance from a gland at the base of its tail. More...

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San Diego Zoo
The Giant Anteater and the Termites

The Giant Anteater and the Termites

Watch a giant anteater rip into a termite mound to devour the protein-rich insects — at the rate of 35,000 a day! Explore the relationship between anteater and termite. More...

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BBC
The Silky Anteater

The Silky Anteater

At just more than six inches long (tiny by anteater standards), the agile silky anteater prowls the trees at night in search of ants and termites. More...

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Animal Planet

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