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giant anteater

n.
A large tropical American anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) having an elongated narrow snout, long sticky tongue, and large shaggy tail.

gi′ant ant′eater


n.
a large tropical American anteater, Myrmecophaga tridactyla, with a long, bushy tail.
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Noun1.giant anteater - large shaggy-haired toothless anteater with long tongue and powerful clawsgiant anteater - large shaggy-haired toothless anteater with long tongue and powerful claws; of South America
New World anteater, anteater - any of several tropical American mammals of the family Myrmecophagidae which lack teeth and feed on ants and termites
genus Myrmecophaga, Myrmecophaga - type genus of the Myrmecophagidae; South American ant bear
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Only Brazil's Pantanal region - where the wildlife includes giant otters, howler monkeys, giant anteaters, capybara, caiman, tapir, toucans and hyacinth macaws - was said to be better for nature encounters in October.
About 20 ants will be gobbled up by South American giant anteaters, which live in Central and South America and are about the size of a golden retriever.
Back outside we met a pair of giant anteaters - baby Inara had been born to Corndog three months prior - and learned that anteaters consume an average of 35,000 ants a day.
Native to Central and South America, giant anteaters have no teeth but their tongues can measure up to half a metre long.
White-lipped peccaries were completely wiped out, while jaguars, lowland tapirs, woolly spider-monkeys and giant anteaters were virtually 'extinct'.
In earlier times, when infrastructure was given the level of attention it continually requires, tanker lorries used to visit our streets regularly, probing the drains with their swinging hoses like giant anteaters nosing into an Amazonian banquet.
The virus has been found repeatedly in swine and has been detected in a dog, cats, turkeys, and domestic ferrets and in nondomestic animals, including skunks, cheetahs, and giant anteaters (2-4).
org Giant anteaters will be making their home at the 110-acre zoo for the first time in 2010.
Sightings of giant anteaters from this study were supplemented with records from published literature.
Add exhilarating encounters with the only Commerson's dolphins found in the Southeastern United States, giant anteaters, brilliant birds and an array of exotic fish, and you have Aquatica.
They also are home to several endangered animal species, including the northern bearded saki monkey, jaguars, giant anteaters, the giant armadillo, and the ariranha or giant Amazon otter.