Collared anteater (Tamandua tetradactyla)
|Also known as:||Lesser anteater, northern tamandua, southern tamandua, tamandua|
|French:||Fourmilier À Collier, Tamandou À Quatre Doigts, Tamandou Tétradactyle|
|Spanish:||Brazo Fuerte, Hormiguero De Collar, Tamandúa De Collar|
- As its name suggests, the collared anteater usually eats ants and termites, but it will also attack bees nests to get the honey.
- The collared anteater has no teeth, but has an impressive 40cm long, cylindrical tongue.
- A semi-arboreal species, the collared anteater has a prehensile tail which it uses as a 5th limb when climbing.
- With poor eyesight and hearing, the collared anteater locates food using its good sense of smell.
Classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1).
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IUCN Red List (May, 2010)