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Lesser Anteater

More than birds
Oct 02 2019

Lesser Anteater

Caño Negro Refuge is not only about birds. It is also about Anteater (or antbear) monkeys, butterflies, frogs, orchids. If you can’t find a subject on this list, please ask.

During June and July, we could spot on a few occasions a gorgeous lesser anteater. Those dates are not a limit to spot an antbear all year around.
In Costa Rica there are 3 species of the ant bear: you can see the silky anteater, the Lesser Anteater, and the Giant Anteater.
The species you can spot in Caño Negro is the Lesser Anteater, also know as collared Anteater. The scientific name is Southern tamandua.
In Caño Negro is most common the Lesser Anteater, the silky around Manuel Antonio beach, and the Giant you can only see in the south.

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Lesser Anteater

Caño Negro Refuge is not only about birds. It is also about Anteater (or antbear) monkeys, butterflies, frogs, orchids.

What about this furry friend?

Is possible to spot it walking on trees, where it can feed on ants and termites. It has a large pointy mouth, and a very large and moisty tongue is well-adapted to consume up to 10.000 ants per day.
Is diet is mostly ants, termite, and larva. But also fruits and eggs.
They have a powerful sense of smell, that allowed them to chase is food in an efficient way.

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Lesser Anteater

Despite they also feed on fruits and eggs, they don’t have any teeth.
Their periods of gestation is about 120 days. The lesser anteater gives birth only 1 single baby, almost hairless. At the begin, new babies take rides on the back of is mother.
They reach sexual maturity around 3-4 years old, with a lifespan of 10-15 years.

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