Anteater Picture by Simon Marlow,

The anteater, or anteaters, are found in Central and South America. One anteater can eat up to 40 million ants per day! Anteaters live for an average of 8-10 years in the wild. They can grow up to 3 feet long and weigh 20 pounds.

An anteater’s diet consists mainly of ants and termites that they find by digging through the ground with solid claws with opposable thumbs on them.

Anteaters are a type of mammal called an insectivore; this means that it eats insects as their primary food source.

Where do anteaters live?

Anteaters are found in the rain forests of Central and South America. However, some species are found in Indonesia and Africa too. Anteaters prefer to live in humid habitats such as forests, woodlands, grasslands, swamps, mangrove swamps, and deserts. They are typically solitary creatures and only meet up with other anteaters during the breeding season.

What does an anteater eat?

They are primarily insectivores and feed on ants, termites, scorpions, other arthropods, and sometimes small vertebrates, but will sometimes also eat small mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and earthworms.

Anteater Types

There are four types of anteaters, and they live in different regions of the world. The different types of anteaters are the giant anteater, the silky anteater, the northern tamandua, and the southern tamandua. They all have very similar characteristics, but they eat a lot of different food due to their area.

Is an anteater a mammal?

It’s a mammal that is related closely to rodents and marsupials. The word “anteater” refers to any animal in either one of two created families: Myrmecophagidae or Tardigrada. Anteaters belong to one of these categories even if their specific species does not belong to that category.

What’s the lifespan of an anteater?

Anteaters live for an average of 10-18 years in the wild but have been known to live up to 25 years old in the wild.

Are they endangered?

Anteaters are not endangered. Anteater species can be found in South and Central America. Still, they have been introduced to other areas of the world. In countries like Australia, where the giant anteaters are native, they have been introduced for pest control purposes, protecting crops from being ruined by rats and mice. Anteaters are also not solely found in Brazil or Argentina. They live in many countries worldwide, including Mexico, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Peru. So if you’re looking for a place to find anteaters – just keep your eyes peeled!

What animal looks like an anteater?

Their closest relatives are armadillos, and aardvarks look somewhat similar.

Armadillos spend most of their time in burrows dug by themselves or others. However, they may live in various habitats like plains, grasslands, forests, and rainforests. Their name “Armadillo” means “little armored one” in Spanish. Like the anteater, they eat ants and termites primarily, and both animals are members of the Xenarthra family.

Aardvarks are medium-sized mammals; they live on the ground and can be found in Africa’s grasslands, savannahs, deserts, and forests. Aardvarks have been seen catching termites with their long sticky tongue.

Speaking of sticky tongues.
The anteater’s tongue is around 20 inches long, and it is sticky-like to facilitate the collection of ants. The anteater also uses its long, sharp claws to catch ants.


The anteater is the only mammal that can eat ants and termites because it has a long, sticky tongue with which to catch them. Anteaters are solitary animals who spend most of their time foraging in the wild for food. They’ll often sleep up to 18 hours per day while they’re resting or digesting what they ate earlier. The average lifespan is 10-18 years on average, but some have been documented living as long as 30 years!

You can’t keep an Anteater as pet!

Guess what? It’s impossible to own an anteater pet because they are only found in the wild. Anteaters also need to eat lots of ants and termites (Giant Anteaters visit 200 nests per day), so it’s not very likely that you’re able to keep one outside of an environment where there are large amounts of these insects.

But good news! We have anteater Art Prints in our store!

It’s much better to get a beautiful print from our store than an actual Anteater! Why? You don’t have to feed them, and they won’t make that much dirt!