Giant anteaters used to scare the heck out of me and actually still kind of freak me out a little bit oh fuck why’d I tell you that. But we can’t deny that they’re pretty interesting. They are a walking mullet: business in the front, party in the back. Look at this sassy motherfucker:
They can be 6 to 8 feet long.
That’s taller than I am. Take a look at those forearms, too; anteaters walk on their knuckles! Look at their skeleton:
[Those are some thick rib bones they’ve got, there, and a very strong tail that they can use to balance when they get up on their hind legs.]
See? Knuckle walkers! Also some massively nasty claws
that can be used to eviscerate you that help them dig open ant hills, termite mounds, and defend themselves from enemies. Another thing we can see is their toothless jaws.
Anteaters don’t chew, not really: pebbles they swallow help break food down, as does a hard palate.
Anteaters actually eat all sorts of insects - but skip the kind that have chemical defenses, which anteaters actually cannot digest. With a schnoz like that, they have a scary accurate sense of smell
and will find you no matter where you’ve hidden yourself which they use to locate you prey. Their superlong tongue flicks in and out over 150 times a minute, meaning they can drain your blood in record time eat quite a lot of ants!
oh my god