Does anteaters bite?…

Yesterday on the tv there was a program where a veterinarian in customs had a small problem with a escaped anteater. A carpenter called in to help came with a fantastic question. “Does it bite?” and veterinarian didn’t know…

So off cause I had to find out.

Now let’s remember what an anteater looks like, the spices of anteater was Tamandua Mexicana, which is one of the small ones.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Tamandua
- Small : check (about the size of a small dog)
- Furry : check (would make a nice fur coat according to my wife)
- Long tong : check (well maybe it can lick you to death)
- Big claws : check (those are actually the ones to watch)
- Big mouth with large pointy teeth : Not so much

It would actually appear that the anteater has no teeth...

The skull of and anteater looks like this


http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/thezone/animals/life/eat5.htm

So the answer the question is. “NO” the anteater doesn’t bite.

But several people have actually been killed by their claws. So to answer a different and broader question “is it safe?” the answer would have to be “Nop”

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