10 facts about the anteater

Learn about these long-nosed mammals!

1. Anteaters are mammals that have no teeth! They use their tongues to lap up around 35,000 ants and termites each day.

2. Anteaters have sharp claws, which they use to tear an opening into anthills. They stick their long snout into the hole to eat.

3. They can flick their tongue up to 160 times per minute!

4. Their sight is very poor, so they find their quarry by using their sense of smell.

5. Anteaters are found in Central and South America, usually in tropical rainforests and grasslands.

6. There are four different species of anteater – all which vary in size. A silky anteater is no bigger than a squirrel, while a giant anteater can reach up to 7 feet (2m) in length.

7. They are generally solitary animals.

8. Female anteaters have offspring once a year. Their young are often seen riding on the mother's back.

9. Anteaters live for an average of 14 years.

10. They are not aggressive but will rear up on their hind legs and lash out with their claws – which are four inches (10cm) long.