Friday, February 12, 2010

Tamandua anteater

While I'm waiting for more photos to come off Ben's camera traps by the Lodge or mine, I revisited his files from 2009. I was intrigued to find this tamandua, or anteater (Tamandua mexicana). This is a really neat animal, buff and black, with a thin sticky tongue that is more than a foot long used to eat small insects. It has a prehensile tail, handy for the life in the treetops. I wouldn't consider tamanduas rare, but neither are they seen all that often on the ground. This one was photo-captured along the Sylvester Village Road, near Chan Chich Lodge.

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