Giant Anteater : A strange creature

A strange creature from the genus Myrmecophaga is found in South American continent especially in Latin American countries and in Brazil and Argentine. This is the Giant Anteater whose fossils are discovered by the biologists from Mexico that is the evidence for its existence since thousands of years in our lovely planet. The Giant Anteater is a  solitary animal which loves to live in many types of habitats specially which are ideally dense with the rain forests.

The Giant Anteater. Photo © Stuart Robertson Reynolds

The average size of the Giant Anteater is six to seven feet in length and it can weigh up to 60 to 100 pounds. The Giant Anteater has a very long nose and a very narrow head with round eyes and ears. The diet of the Giant Anteater comprises of insects, especially ants and termites which it sniffs through its long nose and it can eat almost 30,000 ants or termites per day.  The Giant Anteater uses its powerful claws to dig the anthills and termite mounds after discovering them. Another prominent feature of the Giant Anteater is their 2 feet long tongue which also discharges sticky saliva to attract the ants and it also helps the Giant Anteater to cling the eggs of the ants with the tongue. The Giant Anteaters also love to eat the ripe fruits if they find. The Giant Anteater also possesses a very strong digestion capability to crush the huge amount of insects inside the stomach.

The baby giant anteater with the mother. Photo © John White

The gestation period in the female Giant Anteater is for almost 6 moths and she gives birth to one baby Anteater. The young Anteater rides on its mother’s back for almost one year and wanders with the mother up to two years. The IUCN have declared the status of the Giant Anteater, a strange creature  as “threatened”.