Southern Tamandua Anteater Skull


The Southern Tamandua Anteater, also known as the Collared Anteater, is native to Central and South America. The Tamandua Antearter uses its long front claws for digging through ant and termite mounds, then laps its prey up with its sticky tongue.


Southern Tamandua Anteater Skull Replica measures 5.4 inches. Southern Tamandua Anteater Skull replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum anteater skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

The Southern tamandua or Tamandua tetradactyla, also called the collared anteater or lesser anteater, is a species of anteater from South America.

It is a solitary animal found in many habitats, from mature to highly disturbed secondary forests and arid savannas. It feeds on ants, termites, and bees. Its very strong foreclaws can be used to break insect nests or to defend itself.

Southern tetradactyla inhabits both wet and dry forests, including tropical rainforest, savanna, and thorn scrub. It is most common in habitats near streams and rivers, especially those thick with vines and epiphytes.

The oldest fossil Southern tetradactyla date from the Pleistocene of South America, although genetic evidence suggests they may have diverged from their closest relative, the giant anteater, in the late Miocene, 12.9 million years ago.

Southern tamandua or Tamandua tetradactyla is a medium-sized anteater, though it can vary considerably in size based on environmental conditions. It has a head and body length ranging from 13 to 35 in., and a prehensile tail 15 to 26 in. long. Adults weigh from 3.3 to 18.5 lb., with no significant difference in size between males and females.

Southern tamandua or Tamandua tetradactyla have four-clawed digits on the forefeet and five on the hind feet and walk on the outer surfaces of their forefeet to avoid puncturing their palms with their sharp claws. The underside and the tip of the tail are hairless.

Southern tamandua or Tamandua tetradactyla snout is long and decurved with an opening only as wide as the diameter of a stick, from which the tongue is protruded.

Although some differences in the shape of the skull are seen, they can most easily be distinguished from the northern tamandua by their slightly longer ears, which average around 2.0 inches.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 5.4 in
Southern Tamandua Anteater Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Pilosa
Family: Myrmecophagidae
Genus: Tamandua