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Giant Anteater

Giant Anteater
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Copyright: Ricardo A Palonsky (RAP) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-26
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-09-28 7:46
Viewed: 7643
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla)

Image captured in the of Buenos Aires Zoo.

This animal is not easy to exhibit, due to its form and colorful... I hope you like it.


The Giant Anteater has a long snout and a large, bushy tail. Its coat is brown with a large black and white stripe on its shoulder.

It has small ears and eyes, which contributes to the streamlined appearance of its head.
The Giant anteater has a long, thin tongue that it uses to extract ants from their mound.

It also has one of the lowest body temperatures of any known mammal (91 degrees F).


Carpenter ants and other large ants are the primary food of Giant anteaters.

They usually ignore termites, army ants, and other species with large jaws.

Ants are carefully removed from the colony when the anteater inserts its long tongue covered with sticky saliva.

The anteater dines on a mound for about one minute before moving on to another mound.


The Giant anteater can be found in large parts of southern Central America and the northern and central parts of South America.

Populations are densest in the tropical forests, grasslands, and highlands where ants are most abundant.


Giant anteaters are the prey of pumas and jaguars.

Social Structure

Giant anteaters are solitary animals that usually only pair up for a brief period of time during mating season.

Birth and Offspring

After about 140 days of gestation, the mother gives birth to a single offspring.

The newborn crawls onto the back of the mother.

The baby suckles for about 6 months. The infant will not feed independently until it is about two years old.


A keen sense of smell is critical for the Giant anteater. It is used to locate ant colonies located in the anteater’s territory.

They also have a keen sense of hearing that is used to warn the anteater of approaching predators.

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Very nice Ricardo.
Great colours , good composition and great sharpness with
good details.
A fantastic informative note.
Great job.
Very well done.

wow ! it's a big monster !
c'est vraiment une photo impressionante, et vraiment tres bien prise.
beau beau clichet en plus dans ta collection ;)

Ricardo, Very specialized mammal this!. I think you did very well with this even with it's odd let's say "elongated" configuration! great notes on this. Nice job!!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-28 9:50]

Now this guy is so stretched out that his body is in two timezones. Very well captured and I really like you note. Thanks for posting

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-09-28 10:11]

A nice shot of this large beast!
Nice sharp details and a very informative note.
Excellent work,well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-09-28 10:57]

Waouh ! Quel animal étrange ! Parfois le zoo a du bon pour faire découvrir des animaux sauvages rares...
Well done !

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-09-28 12:53]

Lovely shot ricardo,
Very good presentation from this lovely animal,
good capture, good colours as well, great job.

Very nice Ricardo , good to see one of your native mammals especially one so cute (well I love them), a very clean and sharp image , a little cramped in it's cropping for me, a spot of room at the tail and a lot more room for it to walk into is the idea.
Silly question how did you get the colours into your notes please?

WOW! Ricardo this is one of the coolest mammals on the planet. I have never seen one in real life. He is majestic in appearance. I think it was hard to get the frame perfect. Love the colours in your note too.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-28 13:50]

That's a big old size to get just from eating ants! Great shot Ricardo. You did very well, it's such a weird tail they have. The note is very nice. Thanks.

Me imagino las dificultades que tendran los de el zoo para suministrar suficientes hormigas a este bicho. Foto muy bonita y te creo cuando dices que es dificil de conseguir que sea descriptiva y con detalle a la vez. La verdad es que hay bichos la mar de extraños por ahi sueltos. Gracias por esta foto, estoy pensando en dejar de votar fotos de zoos, y esta me hace reflexionar.

A este muchacho lo conozco!!!

Tambien tengo una foto de el, es el de Palermo verdad?

Muy buena foto Ric. y excelente info.
Solo con un buen zoom se puede lograr ese acercamiento.

Lindo bicho!


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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-10-03 10:28]

Hi Ricardo
Nice capture of one of your South Am endemics. Love this big teddy bear with his long nose. Well done!


This is a strange one, I only see them in books....and you in the Zoo, nice shot of this "mieren-eter", Ricardo !

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-11-29 18:22]

Amazing picture ! i never saw the anteater before, it's a great photo, thank you for sharing Ricardo.

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