Giant Anteater Fact Sheet

Common Name:

Giant anteater, ant bear

Scientific Name:

Myrmecophaga tridactyla

Wild Status:



wetlands, grasslands, tropical forests


Honduras in Central America to Argentina in South America


tree bases, hollow logs

Life Span:

14-16 yrs


Length: 6-7 ft

Cool Facts:

  • The Giant anteater is the largest of anteater species.
  • Although they are called anteaters, they also eat termites using their long sticky tongue! Occasionally they eat other insects and fruit.
  • Unlike other anteaters, the Giant anteater does not climb. Instead, they use they large claws and powerful arms to dig.
  • Babies are carried on their mother's back for up to a year.


Taxonomic Breakdown:

Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Pilosa Family: Myrmecophagidae Genus: Myrmecophaga Species: M. tridactyla

Conservation & Helping:

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