is an arboreal anteater called a tamandua (ta-man-do-a).
They are mainly nocturnal and have a prehensile
tail. They live in South America in the tropical
rainforest, tropical deciduous forest, tropical
scrub forest, tropical savanna & grasslands.
Tamanduas eat termites and ants by sticking their
long sticky tongue in a hole or mound, which can
pull hundreds of insects out each time. They can
also put that sticky Saliva from their mouth on
their fingers and pick the ants up like a human
snacking on peanuts. The locals call them the
"stinkers of the forest" because they
have a powerful stink gland that they mark their
- An animal that sleeps during the day and is
awake during the night. They usually have big
black eyes that allow them to see in the dark.
- An animal that lives mostly in the trees.
- A tail that can grasp on to things. This can
help an animal balance and hold itself into position.
Some animals can hang by their prehensile tail.