Alex Trejo - Ant Eater

Ant Eater (Myrmecophaga Triactila)external image c.gif

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Giant Anteater, downloaded on 10/5/09

Location and Natural Habitat

The Myrmecophaga Tridactyla also known as The Giant Anteater is most commonly found in Central and South America (neotropical region). Giant Anteaters occupy a wide variety of habitats such as swamps, forests, grasslands,and savanaas. They choose to sleep in shady and enclosed areas. Giant Anteaters can be found in rural areas and densely populated areas.
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anteater habitat(central/south america,downloaded 10/5/09
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Giant Ant Eater and her baby,downloaded 10/12/09



Niche

The Giant Ant Eater is an endangered species that is most commonly found in Central or South America. Ant Eaters feed exclusively on ants and termites as a daily diet by using their long sticky tongues since they have no teeth. Their tongues are very sticky and flexible,they usually stick their long tongues in termite mounds which makes trapping its prey alot easier since they're so small; the tongue can usually protrude up to two feet to catch it's prey. Anteaters also have a great sense of smell which is used to find colonies of ants and termites this makes up for their lack of sight and hearing. Although their main source of food come from ants and termites they can also eat fruit or larvae when their primary source of energy is scarce. Ant Eaters have massive claws and use them to tear down termite mounds.Ant Eaters Ant Eaters usually weigh 45 to 90 pounds, their length usually measures from 40 to 50 inches, and they have very long and bushy tails than can expand up to 35 inches long that are almost as long as their body. Giant Ant Eaters are known to be very antisocial, they are very independent and only make interactions with other Ant Eaters primarily when its time to mate. The average female species only produces only one offspring per a gestation period of 190 days; during this time the offspring not yet developed will ride the mothers back until it can provide for itself. This species has a very important role in it's ecosystem. It helps create a balance in the lower parts of the food chain.

They're Endangered!

http://www.brighthub.com/environment/science-environmental/articles/21312.aspx


http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/giant-anteater.html
http://library.thinkquest.org/5053/SouthAmerica/giantanteater.html
http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Giant_Anteater#encyclopedia
http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Myrmecophaga_tridactyla.html