Oh horror of horrors! Interested in sharing Wonderopolis® every day? In the zoo anteaters eat fruits, hard boiled eggs, ground beef, and dog kibble, too. It was a zoo camp in for Indian Princess and we got to see an Anteater. It was fun learning about them! Thanks for visiting today and for leaving us this AWESOME comment! They have a special glue-like saliva that can neutralize a fire ant's bite. I think that because the video kind of showed me that they live by trees and by trees there is not a lot of insects or ants. We love that you're WONDERing! Don’t miss our special deals, gifts and promotions. Why or why not? If my name was named after a food it would either be a bananaeater or a macaroniandcheeseeater. The individual species have other names in English and other languages. Want to learn more about the largest of the anteater species? Is this goal-directed, or more 'automatic' behaviour? Such selectivity is associated with the lack of teeth: since the anteater can not chew food, it swallows insects entirely, and in the stomach they are digested with very aggressive gastric juice. In addition to ants and termites, anteaters also eat soft-bodied grubs, soft fruits and even birds' eggs. I know why people don't invite anteaters for picnics, because they are disturbing. You’ve matched all of the definitions correctly. Thanks for leaving us this comment today...it was AWESOME! Giant anteaters have no teeth, but a specialized tongue allows them to eat up to 30,000 ants and termites each day. I knew anteaters had sharp claws. Ants fight back with painful stings, so an anteater may spend only a minute feasting on each mound. I think that anteaters eat other things than ants. I didn't know that anteaters didn't have any teeth. We're glad you liked this Wonder topic! Wow, I think that was a really cool wonder of the day. Since they have no teeth, they use that tongue to squish the ants on the roof of their mouth. There are myrmecophagous critters throughout the tropics. What would your name be? If you had to live like an anteater for a day, how might you spice up your diet? We've seen some anteaters swim at the zoo, and they're very good at it! We're so glad you visited this Wonder of the Day®! The giant anteater will eat as rapidly as possible, its amazing tongue moving in and out 150 times a minute - more than twice a … Posted by. :-), Hello, Sarah! They eat more than 35,000 ants and termites every … Thanks for making this article. 0 0 1 When and Where do Grasshoppers eat Ants? Dear Wonderopolis, I didn't know that Anteaters ate that many ants and termites everyday. the Wonder of the Day® via email or SMS. Anteaters are cute but why do the eat gods beautiful creatures like ants? We thought it was really interesting to learn that anteaters who live in zoos also like to eat things like ground beef and dry dog food! What (if anything) do anteaters drink, and how do they drink? . They capture their prey by inserting their tongues into insect nests that they have torn open with the long, sharp, curved claws of their front feet; the claws are also used for defense. This has nothing do with this topic but how do you build a solar panel. What a great adventure you had getting to spend the night at the zoo...it sounds like so much FUN! The giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla), sometimes called the ant bear, is the largest member of the anteater family and is best known in the tropical grasslands of Venezuela, where it is still common.It was once found in the lowland forests of Central America and still lives in the Amazon basin southward to the grasslands of Paraguay and Argentina. Unless you live in a place where anteaters are native, however, they won’t be a realistic solution to your ant problem. :-), WOW, Kamile! We can't wait to meet all of our new Wonder Friends! 4. Anteaters are cute but why do the eat gods beautiful creatures like ants? I thought anteaters only eat ants and termites, not soft-bodied grubs, soft fruits and birds' eggs. Since their sight is poor, they use their noses to smell for food. Thanks, and I enjoyed this wonder of the day. Do the bigger Anteaters just sleep above the ground just because they need more space and light? How did we get penguins from Antarctica into zoos all over the world? Close. They have no teeth and use their extremely long tongue to catch ants and termites. Most zoologists will tell you, “Don’t mess with an anteater because it really, really doesn’t want to be friends” 5 Incredible Anteater Facts. You are a GREAT Wonder Friend! Wyatt Wonders, “Do anteaters eat all kinds of ants or just one kind” Thanks for WONDERing with us, Wyatt! Some anteaters, the tamandua and the silky anteater, ply their trade in the trees. Thank you so much for helping us learn more about anteaters! before! A common voracious anteater can eat up to 30 thousand ants or termites per day. Anteaters eat ants, termites, soft fruit, other insects, and small bird eggs (if necessary) 35 36 37. The one extant family, Manidae, has three genera: Manis, Phataginus and Smutsia. A whole range of creatures rely on Krill in the ocean. As they eat, they also swallow small pebbles and other debris. This is how you say anteaters in Spanish: osos hormigueros. Critters that eat mostly ants and termites are called myrmegophagous (which literally means "ant eating"), and they can be pretty successful. (Fire ants are common here in North Carolina.) Thanks for a really good wonder video! Hi, Arnav! Ants. Cool! Thanks so much for hanging out in Wonderopolis today! This … The Giant Anteater (myrmecophagus tridactyla) can eat up to 30,000 termites per day. Thank you so much for being an AWESOME ambassador for Wonderopolis and for sharing us with your science-teaching colleagues! :-), You're absolutely right, Julia Renee! Now I know silky aneaters are the smallest of all. We think it's fascinating to learn about, too! They are also excellent swimmers since they use their long snout like a snorkel. Still have questions? We bet it sure helps to have a built-in snorkel when you want to go for a swim! What Do Anteaters Eat ? Anteaters — sometimes called "antbears" — are four species of mammals from the suborder Vermilingua. Can you think of any good ant or termite recipes you'd recommend? :-), Hello, Samrox667! hide. :-), Hi, Nicole! What would it be like if you were named after what you eat most of the time? If there are an abundance of ants and termites over a long period of time, a creature will invariably develop to rely on them as well. As their name suggests, anteaters eat ants. Anteaters don't only eat ants and termites, sometimes they enjoy fruits, especially avocados. Giant anteaters move slowly with a unique shuffle. :-), Welcome to Wonderopolis, Khashayar! We've seen some anteaters swim at the zoo, and they're very good at it! This is because anteaters do not have teeth (they are edentate), so they have to suck … Equipped with sharp claws, anteaters can tear a cavity on an anthill and scoop its prey. The pebbles and debris that the anteaters swallow goes to their stomach, and it helps them digest insects, which they swallow whole, by grinding them in the stomach. And this is just an idea, but I don't know if you've already made an article about sloths, but if you could, could you please make an article about them? You can sign in to give your opinion on the answer. I am so impressed with your work and am excited that more and more students will be discovering you. a mobile mass of muscular tissue covered with mucous membrane and located in the oral cavity, a taxonomic category that ranks below order and above family, (plural) land where grass or grasslike vegetation grows and is the dominant form of plant life, (plural) any warm-blooded vertebrate having the skin more or less covered with hair; young are born alive except for the small subclass of monotremes and nourished with milk, to break down into materials that can be absorbed and used by the body, to cause food to go from the mouth to the stomach, walk by dragging one's feet along or without lifting them fully from the ground, the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two parts; the main part, (biology) taxonomic group whose members can interbreed, How To Say "Anteater" in many different languages, http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/giant-anteater/, http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-anteater.html. If you’re excited about tomorrow’s Wonder of the Day, then you’re speaking our language! Crazy to think about, isn't it! Pangolins, sometimes known as scaly anteaters, are mammals of the order Pholidota (/ f ɒ l ɪ ˈ d oʊ t ə /, from Ancient Greek ϕολιδωτός 'clad in scales'). But it has to eat quickly, flicking its tongue up to 150 times per minute. SCIENCE — Life Science. No, because if we would eat watermelons would we be called watermeloneaters? Interesting facts about anteaters. We're glad you found this Wonder interesting, Ethan!!! The name "anteater" is also colloquially applied to the unrelated aardvark, numbat, echidnas, pangolins, and some members of the Oecobiidae. For more information on solar panels, check out Wonder 1678: Can You Collect Sunlight? The anteaters' suborder, Vermilingua, means “worm tongue." :-), Hello, Mrs. Johnson! :), Hello, barbara! 3 comments. I never knew that vermilingua meant worm tongue. The one extant family, Manidae, has three genera: Manis, Phataginus and Smutsia. There are myrmecophagous critters throughout the tropics. The reason they eat only them is because that the ants toxins make the ant eaters taste disgusting and their prey's don't want to eat them anymore. Despite the strength of their body, anteaters are myrmecophagous animals, meaning that they feed on termites and ants, something that is possible thanks to their strong nails and the shape of their tongues. Manis comprises the four species found in Asia, while Phataginus and Smutsia include two species each, all found in sub-Saharan Africa. When hunting for food, anteaters will use their sharp claws to tear open anthills or rotting wood that might contain ants or termites. I never knew there was such thing as a giant anteater, silky anteaters, and collared anteaters. We've WONDERed Are Sloths Lazy? :-), Hi there, Emily! Thanks so much for your comment today! report. I think my name would be the pancakeeater. As an ant you know that feeling: certain death at the trunk of the most vicious predator, the anteater. There are myrmecophagous critters throughout the tropics. Are you an anteater? We're so glad you're WONDERing with us! Anteater is a common name for the four extant mammal species of the suborder Vermilingua (meaning "worm tongue") commonly known for eating ants and termites. Because they don't have teeth to chew up the ants and termites they eat, anteaters have specialized stomaches, similar to a … Giant anteaters usually sleep aboveground, while the other types of anteaters usually live in trees. Ants fight back with painful stings, so an anteater may spend only a minute feasting on each mound. In my opinion, I think that Anteaters are kind of cute and kind of scary just a little bit. Want to learn more about the largest of the anteater species? Hi, Ali! Critters that eat mostly ants and termites are called myrmegophagous (which literally means "ant eating"), and they can be pretty successful. Anteaters live alone or in pairs (usually mother and offspring) and feed mainly on ants and termites. Has an anteater ever gotten its nose stuck in an anthole? I introduced them to your site and they love it. Watch to learn how anteaters eat. Instead, they swallow them whole. . Anteater is a common name for the four extant mammal species of the suborder Vermilingua (meaning "worm tongue") commonly known for eating ants and termites. That's GREAT, triston! There are many different mammal species which eat ants, and most of them are placentals, including all the species which are called “anteaters”. An anteater is a pretty large animal, and so it won’t be as affected by the venom of most ants as the prey the ants are used to. An anteater's tongue can flick up to 160 times per minute, helping to lap up as many as 35,000 ants and termites they swallow whole each day! :-), We think it is REALLY neat that you got to get close to an anteater, Alexandra! The INSIDER team believes that life is an adventure! Can you imagine eating nothing but ants all day long? One of the closest relatives to the giant anteater is the pygmy … In addition, they also love to eat termites. Get answers by asking now. This is because they walk on their fists (with their claws curled up into their paws) to protect their claws from becoming dulled by the ground. Answer. Thank you so much for leaving us this SUPER comment and for letting us know all the great things you learned about anteaters today! The giant anteater. The design of their bodies is perfect for eating ants. You just might see YOUR Wonder idea featured as a future Wonder of the Day®! In my opinion, I think that Anteaters are kind of cute and kind of scary just a little bit. Giant anteaters, the most well-known of the four species, can consume as much as 35,000 ants or termites in a single day. So, I was a little creeped out. It's the same as asking why koalas eat eucalyptus, or why lady bugs eat aphids. This animal primarily feeds on ants and termites thanks to its powerful claws and its cylindrical tongue, which can measure up to 60 centimeters - 23 inches - in … We think it's part instinct, part appetite, and a super sense of smell that helps the anteaters know where the ants and other bugs are! We've seen some anteaters swim at the zoo, and they're very good at it! Evolution will exploit any plentiful resource. What happens if an anteater starts eating fire ants? Check out the, While you're learning more about anteaters, why not learn, So how do you feel about anteaters? However, there are many animals that seek ants out specifically as well. In addition to ants and termites, anteaters also eat soft-bodied grubs, soft fruits, and birds' eggs. In addition to the anteaters of South America, there is the aarvark and aardwolf of Africa, the pangolins of Africa and Asia, and the echidna and cute little numbat of Australia. Vermilingua, or anteaters, are extraordinary animals and have many special characteristics. You'll have to check back to see if your guess is correct about Wonder of the Day® #393. Anteaters eat other types of insects (and other foods), too! Want to add a little wonder to your website? We appreciate it when our Wonder Friends make personal connections to the Wonders of the Day and share them with us in a comment! We like how you shared all the awesome things you learned about anteaters, and some of the things you already knew before you visited this Wonder. Does just thinking about it give you a creepy-crawly feeling in your tummy? Anteaters in zoos also eat things like fruits, hard-boiled eggs, ground beef, and dog kibble. Giant anteaters are really good at what they do. Do you think that humans are more sympathetic to mammals and find them “cuter” because we evolved from them? :-), Hello, Sarah! Basically, because there's a lot of them, and so they represent a pretty major food source in most environments. Anteaters know this very well. We hope you'll embark on a Wonder Journey of your own to discover more about anteaters! Be the first to know! Are polar bears and grizzlies friends or rivals ? The teachers are from all over the United States. :-), Hi, Marco! Wow, I'm just introduced with your site and i think it's brilliant... love your feed backs to all the users it gives a very good feeling posting comments here and searching your wonderful contents! When ants start to fight back as an anteater is having a meal, the anteater will usually move on to a new location. Anteaters in zoos also eat things like fruits, hard-boiled eggs, ground beef, and dog kibble. We're glad you liked this Wonder! Critters that eat mostly ants and termites are called myrmegophagous (which literally means "ant eating"), and they can be pretty successful.   That's a great question, and an excellent start for a Wonder Journey! :-). Thank you for sharing how to say "anteater" in Spanish! They have adaptations to help get to their chosen food, they have massive sharp claws to rip through termite mounds (also powerful enough to disembowel a human) they also have very sticky saliva that the termites stick to!!! Or just an ant liker? Giant anteaters are well adapted to feast on their favourite foods – they are poorly sighted but use their keen sense of smell to detect ant and termite nests and then their sharp claws to rip them open. Dealing with an ant infestation can often be an annoying affair, just like ant prevention. 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