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This unusual looking animal with its long nose and bushy looking coat is an anteater.

Its name is a hint to one of its favorite foods, and you can't miss its long snout, but there's more to the story of the giant anteater! This unique animal is the largest of the three anteater species (the other two are the tamandua or lesser anteater and the silky anteater). The giant anteater is about the size of a golden retriever, but thick, bushy hair makes it look even bigger.

The anteater's gray hair feels like straw and grows especially long on the tail (up to 16 inches or 40 centimeters), and it sports a stylish stripe of black that stretches from under the nose to the middle of the back. This stripe is outlined in white, tan, or gray and goes down to a black ring around the base of the front feet. The hairy, bushy tail is often used as a blanket or sunshade. The giant anteater’s elongated head and nose are perfectly designed to get in and out of a termite mound or anthill.

Giant anteaters walk with a slow shuffle on all four legs with their nose pointed to the ground. They don’t walk on their feet; instead, with the claws curled up into the feet, anteaters walk on their "fists." This helps to keep the claws sharp so anteaters can dig into ant mounds or defend themselves from predators. Anteaters are also good swimmers, using the freestyle stroke and with their long snout as a snorkel.

Photo taken at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

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frenchfox Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015
Beautiful photo of a sympathetic animal ! :aww:
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Lormet-Images Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015
Thank you my friend for your very nice comment! :)
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fuchsianinja Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
What an amazing creature.
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Lormet-Images Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015
So happy you find him interesting! :)
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015
What a wonderful, weird thing, great shot!
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Lormet-Images Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015
Thank you so much, I am happy you enjoy my photo of the anteater. :)
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
gorgeous!
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Lormet-Images Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015
I am so happy you like my anteater photo! :)
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :) it's a gorgeous picture!
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JackVolt Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How smooth can you be?
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Lormet-Images Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015
He seems to be taking things in his stride. LOL! :)
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Halowing Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow!!
amazing
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Lormet-Images Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015
I am so glad you like the photo and find the animal interesting my dear friend. :)
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Halowing Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I do!!
the anteater is really wonderful!! the colors make it stand out
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BillyNikoll Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Good capture!
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Lormet-Images Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015
Thank you my friend for your very nice comment! :)
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ZeeShiKing Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I found the info very interesting sis. Great shot as always. :)
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Lormet-Images Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015
Thank you my dear "little brother," I appreciate your input very much! :)
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CaroleBM Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Too cute !
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Lormet-Images Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015
Thank you my friend! :)
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CaroleBM Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome !
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MYPeanutGallery Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015
Wonderful capture!
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Lormet-Images Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015
Thank you so much my friend, I appreciate it! :)
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