The anteater is important to the area where it lives. Since it dines on termites and other harmful insects, the anteater keeps these colonies in check. It is also an interesting animal to look at with its unusual and distinct features. The giant anteater is designed with the ability to smell 40 times better than a human. It uses its keen sense of smell to locate food.
Tamandua, silky anteater
CLASS: Mammalia (mammal)
ORDER: Xenarthra (strange-jointed)
FAMILY: Myrmecophagidae (anteaters)
GENUS/SPECIES: Myrmecophaga tridactyla
Size: 6–8 ft (1.8–2.40 m)
Weight: Males: 40–90 lbs (20–40 kg); Females are smaller than males
Original Diet: Plants
Present Diet: Insects such as termites, ants, and beetles
Habitat: Grasslands and tropical forests in central South America
* This is probably the result of design changes after the curse, or it was originally used for a different purpose.