Collared Anteater (Tamandua mexicana) • Location: La Selva, Costa Rica 🇨🇷 • The Collared Anteater is a medium-sized anteater found in the neotropics. It possesses a long extensible tongue that is covered in a sticky saliva, allowing it to easily consume ants and termites 🐜 🐜 🐜 Unlike the Giant Anteater, the Collared Anteater is adapted to an arboreal lifestyle, with its prehensile tail and forefeet aiding it with clasping onto branches #dl_toc_mammal
It’s World Tamandua Day! A perfect day to celebrate our lesser anteaters.
Here are 10 facts about tamanduas: 🐜
• They are part of the anteater family and like the name suggests they usually eat ants or termites in the wild 🐜
• They are native to South America 🐜
• They have no teeth! One of the few mammals that can’t bite you 🐜
• They have a long, flexible tongue, that reaches about 40cm long! 🐜
• They have poor eyesight and hearing but a great sense of smell 🐜
• They have a prehensile tail which is used like a 5th limb 🐜
• They’re primarily arboreal but will also forage on the ground 🐜
• Their fur is thick and coarse to protect them from angry ants 🐜
• They have 4 toes on their front feet, where the 3rd toe has a extremely long claw. This means they have to walk on the outside edges of their feet so they don’t stab themselves 🐜
• Tamandua’s main defence isn’t their claws but their smell! They secrete a putrid reek from their anal glands to let animals know where they are
Here is one of my favorite videos from the Costa Rica trip. We saw 5 northern tamanduas (tree anteaters) and this one let me have a stroll with it through the jungle. I have worked with this species in captivity and it was unbelievable to witness them foraging and climbing in the wild. I have so many cool small clips like this one. I'm hoping to make a cool video to put everything together.
Let's climb this thing!
The 4am wake up call was totally worth it, we saw this big male Lesser anteater as the sun was rising this morning. The termite hill was destroyed, probably by a Giant anteater, but the termites were rebuilding it already, something that was too good to pass by for this little guy. Big thank you to our guide @marcosardevino for pointing it out to us.
The southern tamandua (Tamandua tetradactyla), also called the collared anteater or lesser anteater, is a species of anteater from South America. It is a solitary animal, found in many habitats from mature to highly disturbed secondary forests and arid savannas. It feeds on ants, termites, and bees. Its very strong fore claws can be used to break insect nests or to defend itself. [Wikipedia]
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A collared anteater at the morning stroll in front of the Araras Eco Lodge...
O tamandua mirim na volta matinal em frente da pousada Araras Eco Lodge...