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  • A mammal that feeds on ants and termites. It has a long snout and sticky tongue.

    Most anteaters are edentates of the Central and South American family Myrmecophagidae, which includes the giant anteater and the tamanduas. The echidna, numbat, and pangolin are also known as spiny anteater, banded anteater, and scaly anteater, respectively

    ‘In South America, anteaters evolved long sticky tongues that enable them to feed on ants and termites.’
    • ‘As the name suggests, anteaters eat ants and termites in vast quantities, sometimes up to 30,000 insects in a single day.’
    • ‘The prey of anteaters adheres to their long, sticky tongues.’
    • ‘The rainforest started to return - as did its creatures - deer, anteaters, capybaras and eagles.’
    • ‘But anteaters with longer tongues found more ants and so were able to better survive to have more, and healthier offspring.’



/ˈan(t)ˌēdər/ /ˈæn(t)ˌidər/