10 Facts to Learn About Silky Anteaters in Costa Rica

Not many of us know about the silky anteater. These guys live in a range from Southern Mexico to Brazil. In Costa Rica they can be seen in Corcovado National Park This is your chance to get to know some of the best facts about Silky Anteaters.

Costa Rica is one of the best places for wildlife travelers, it has a diverse ecosystem full of national parks and protected areas. In fact, the silky anteaters are just one of the most diverse animals you can spot in Costa Rica. An amazing place with wonderful animals that suit perfectly for eco-friendly travels to do some wildlife watching.


Fun Facts About Anteaters

1. Silky anteaters are the smallest anteater species in the world. They have a total length ranging from 3.6 to 4.5 cm and usually weigh less than 0.88 pounds.

2. They have a dense and soft golden brown fur, short snout, partially prehensile tail, and two enlarged claws in each forepaw.

3. The Silky Anteater is a slow-moving animal and feeds mainly on ants, between 100 and, 8000 a day. Sometimes it can also feed on other insects, such as termites and small beetles.

4. Silky anteaters do not have very long lives. The average is of 2 years.

5. It is a nocturnal, arboreal, and solitary mammal. During the day, they typically sleep curled up in a ball in some tree branch.


6. Although they are rarely seen in the forest, it is said that they can be found more easily when they are foraging on lianas at night.

7. A female silky anteater gives birth to a single young that is usually placed inside a nest of dead leaves built in tree holes.

8. Silky anteateaters are a relatively stable species, but they are being negatively affected by how fast their habitat is being destructed.

9. Because they rarely descend from trees, they obtain their water from licking moisture, such as dew or rainwater, from leaves.

10. Silky anteaters can be found in lowland rain forests with continuous canopy, where they can move to different places without the need to descend from trees.

Last Updated on March 18, 2023

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