Tamandua

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About the Tamandua

Tamandua is a genus of placental mammals of the order Pilosa, commonly known as tamandúas. It includes two species of anteaters that inhabit South America, very similar in appearance and customs, which differ basically by geographical distribution.

Features of the Tamandua

It has an elongated and convex snout, specially adapted for feeding. It has golden yellow fur and has a kind of black vest on the spine, it has hairy prehensile tail at the base and stripped on the tip and 4 powerful and long claws on the front legs and 5 small ones on the back.
Behavior
It is an animal of nocturnal habits, solitary and arboreal, although it can be seen hunting on the ground; prefers forests with liana density and near water. It is a gentle animal, but if it is cornered or attacked it stands on its hind limbs and attacks with its claws, with which it can cause considerable injuries. When not active, rest on a hollow log or in the cave of some other animal. They are mirmecófagos, feeding on ants and termites.

Tamandúas can reproduce at any time of the year. After a gestation period of 130 to 150 days a single offspring is born, its color is usually white with black. The mother usually leaves her baby in a safe place when she goes out in search of food, until it can be worth by itself.