| The Silky Anteater is so small that when it curls into a ball for a nap it is only about the size of a tennis ball. They sleep during the day in a tangle of vines in the trees and are active only at night. Like all anteaters, they have no teeth. They rip open thin branches and vines and lick up the ants they find inside with their long, wormlike tongues. Two very large front claws and sticky saliva equip them for this.
Silky Anteaters have shiny, dense fur and long, furry prehensile tails. They are solitary and move from tree to tree, seldom descending to the ground. Males have relatively large home ranges that may overlap the ranges of two or more females. Females bear a single young but may give birth twice a year.
Head and Body: 153-230 mm; Tail: 165-295 mm
Linnaeus, C., 1758. Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classis, ordines, genera, species cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis, Tenth ed. Vol. 1. Laurentii Salvii, Stockholm, 824 pp. 1:35.
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