As its name suggests, the southern tamandua (Tamandua tetradactyla) usually eats ants and termites, but it will also attack bees nests to get the honey. The southern tamandua has no teeth, but has an impressive 40cm long, cylindrical tongue. A semi-arboreal species, the southern tamandua has a prehensile tail which it uses as a 5th limb when climbing. With poor eyesight and hearing, the southern tamandua locates food using its good sense of smell.




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