Did you know . . . Anteaters prefer termites

Its food consists mainly of termites, which it obtains by opening nests with its powerful sharp front claws. As the insects swarm to the damaged part of their dwelling, it draws them into its mouth by means of its long, flexible, rapidly moving tongue covered with sticky saliva.

  • Their tongue can be flicked up to 150-160 times or more per minute.
  • Giant anteaters have a two-foot-long tongue and huge salivary glands that produce copious amounts of sticky saliva when they feed.
  • They have small spikes on their tongue that help keep the ants and other insects on the tongue while they are swept into the anteater’s mouth, where they are crushed against the hard palate.
  • What we call an anteater’s nose is actually an elongated jaw with a small, black, moist nose, like a dog’s nose
  • A full-grown giant Anteater eats upwards of 30,000 ants and termites a day and also eat ripe fruit if they find it on the ground.
  • The Giant Anteater and regular anteaters have no teeth. Their physical digestion is aided by the pebbles and debris that they consume when they ingest insects.
  • The giant Anteater lives above ground. The anteater finds a place to sleep, curls up, and covers itself with its bushy tail. 

The female produces one offspring per birth. During much of its first year of life, a young Anteater will ride on its mother’s back. It is generally acknowledged that giant Anteaters have a poor sense of sight but a keen sense of smell. Their sense of smell has been estimated to be some 40 times stronger than that of humans.

T is for Tongue, Your Miracle Muscle

Your tongue is the ONLY muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.  

Thank goodness!  Can you imagine how hard it would be to:

  • Make chewing gum snap
  • Lick your lips
  • French kiss
  • Remove “stuff” from between your teeth in public
  • Lick lollipops
  • Give someone a “lickn”
  • Say something tongue-in-cheek
  • Get LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLicks from Max
  • Say “th th th that’s all folks”

Believe it or not!
The giraffe can extend its 18 inch tongue to clean off bugs from its face or to feed. The specially adapted tongue is extremely tough to cope with the vicious tree thorns that are part of the giraffe’s diet. 


The giant anteater’s, tongue can reach two feet in length! The anteater coats its tongue in sticky saliva during feeding, allowing it to ensnare ants, and can rapidly flick its tongue from its mouth up to 150 times per minute!
After breaking into insect colonies and tree trunks using their long sharp claws, anteaters employ their tongues to collect eggs, larvae and adult insects, a few thousand of which they can guzzle in just minutes.

 “th th th that’s all folks”

Thanks to Rose for th th the inspiration for th th this tongue post!

http://rosemaryl.blogspot.com/