SNOUT POSSIBLE: Alabama Zoo Shows Fascinating Way Anteaters Feed

An Alabama zoo gave its visitors and animal lovers all around a rare insight into anteaters’ feeding techniques.

In a video released by Birmingham Zoo, an anteater by the name of Carlito can be seen swiping his tongue across a large platter of food.

Zoo staff apparently allow Carlito to enjoy his meals while using his natural instincts by serving his breakfast on a honeycomb feeder.

The enrichment device has holes in the sides about the size of an anteater’s snout, which can effectively mimic a feeding scenario in the wild wherein the animals raid through ant colonies.

The Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) Carlito, eating breakfast, at the Birmingham Zoo, in Alabama, USA, undated. Giant anteaters eat bugs, and can eat up to 35,000 ants and termites in a single day. (@BirminghamZoo/CEN )

Carlito, who is two years old and weighs 165 pounds, came to the Birmingham Zoo as part of a special survival programme, according to their official website.

Being an insectivore, Carlito can solely feed on bugs, as anteaters have no teeth.

Instead, they use their tongues which are 2 feet long on average and coated with thick saliva, which allows food to stick easily.

Anteaters (Vermilingua) can remarkably eat up to 35,000 ants and termites in a single day.

The Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) Carlito, eating breakfast, at the Birmingham Zoo, in Alabama, USA, undated. Giant anteaters eat bugs, and can eat up to 35,000 ants and termites in a single day. (@BirminghamZoo/CEN )

These South and Central American natives can flick their tongues in and out of their mouths up to 150 times a minute.

Leave a Reply