Southern Tamandua

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Size

21 to 34 inches with a weight of 4.5 to 17 lbs.

Habitat and Distribution

This is a rainforest dwelling species which can be found in Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Uruguay, Trinidad, Guyana, Ecuador, Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia.

Age

The average lifespan of this species is around 8 years.

Diet

In the wild they eat ants (being able to eat up to 9,000 in a single day), in captivity however many zoos use a specially formulated liquid diet.

Groups and Breeding

After a gestation period of around 5 months they generally give birth to a single baby.

Threats

These animals are classified by the IUCN redlist as least concern because they adapt fairly well to their environment and their numbers are fairly steady, however as with many species which inhabit the rainforests of south and central America they are affected greatly by logging (destroying their habitat and segregating animals.

Interesting facts

Tamanduas have no teeth as their main diet is made up of ants.