How to Draw a Giant Anteater

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Giant Anteater in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Giant Anteater.

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How to Draw a Giant Anteater - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Interesting Facts about the Giant Anteater

The Giant Anteater is the largest anteater in its family. It can be between five and seven feet long, which is the same length as an adult person lying down. The Giant Anteater is also known as the “ant bear” because its favorite things to eat are ants and termites.

Did you know?

  • The Giant Anteater finds bugs to eat by digging into the ground and then scooping them up with its long and sticky tongue.
  • Mother anteaters carry their babies on their backs until they are old enough to fend for themselves. As adults, Giant Anteaters like to travel alone.
  • You may not think so at first, but Giant Anteaters are actually really good swimmers! They have even been seen taking baths!
  • Giant Anteaters like to hunt out in the open and rest in the forest. This is because forests are cooler on hot days and warmer on cold days than open areas are. They also like to dig a small ditch into the ground that they then like to rest in.

The Giant Anteater is nocturnal, which means that it is usually more active at night. Scientists think this may be the anteater’s way of avoiding the noise that humans make during the day. When the anteater sleeps, it folds its large, bushy tail over its body. This helps it stay warm. It also helps the anteater stay hidden from predators.