Silky Anteater Skull Replica measures 1.7 in. Silky Anteater Skulls Replica is museum quality  polyurethane resin cast. Made in USA. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.

The silky anteater or Cyclopes didactylus, also known as the pygmy anteater, is a species of anteater in the genus Cyclopes, the only living genus in the family Cyclopedidae.

Silky anteater or Cyclopes didactylus are the smallest living anteaters, and have proportionately shorter faces and larger crania than other species. Adults have a total length ranging from 14 to 18 in., including a tail 6.7 to 9.4 in. long, and weigh from 6.2 to 14.1 oz. They have dense and soft fur, which ranges from grey to yellowish in color, with a silvery sheen. The eyes are black, and the soles of the feet are red.

The scientific name translates roughly as “two-toed circle-foot”, and refers to the presence of two claws on the fore feet, and their ability to almost encircle a branch to which the Silky anteater or Cyclopes didactylus clings. The claws are present on the second and third toes, with the latter being much the larger. The fourth toe is very small, and lacks a claw, while the other two toes are vestigial or absent, and are not visible externally. The hind feet have four toes of equal length, each with long claws, and a vestigial hallux that is not externally visible. The ribs are broad and flat, overlapping to form an internal armoured casing that protects the chest. They have partially prehensile tails.

Silky anteater or Cyclopes didactylus are nocturnal and arboreal, found in lowland rain forests with continuous canopy, where they can move to different places without the need to descend from trees.

The silky anteater or Cyclopes didactylus is a slow-moving animal and feeds mainly on ants, eating between 700 and 5,000 a day. It also feeds on other insects, such as termites and small coccinellid beetles.

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Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 1.7 in
Silky Anteater Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Pilosa
Family: Cyclopedidae
Genus: Cyclopes
Species: C. didactylus
Binomial name: Cyclopes didactylus
Conservation status: Least concern


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