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 them:
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 weighing less than 0.88 pounds.
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2. They have a dense and soft golden brown fur, short snout, partially prehensile tail and two enlarged claws in each fore paw.
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 a 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.