GIANT ANTEATER

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SCIENTIFIC NAME:  Myrmecophaga tridactyla

HABITAT:  Grasslands, rain forest, deciduous forests, and swamps of Central and South America.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Near Threatened
                                                   

FUN FACT:  The tongue of the Giant Anteater is attached to the sternum and can extend up to 2 feet outside of the mouth.  It can be “flicked” 150-160 times per minute to gather food, allowing the Giant Anteater to eat as many as 30,000 insects per day

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