Tamanduá Bandeira

Tamanduá Bandeira (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) , the Giant Anteater  is the largest species of anteaters. The name is from Greek murmekos, ant and phagein, to eat. Therefore, “ant eating”. It is a solitary animal, found in Cerrado, Pantanal and Atlantic Forest biomes. It feeds mainly on ants and termites, sometimes up to 30,000 insects in a single day.  It grows to a size of up to 7 feet long, with a 4 feet long head and torso, and a 3 feet long  tail. Generally it weighs from 70 to 140 pounds.