I have a post on salamanders coming to you this weekend but I wanted to share a cool animal I just learned about: Silky anteaters (Cyclopes didactylus)! In certain ways they sort of resemble sloths, and I just adore sloths. They climb trees and have large clawed feet for hooking onto branches. Unlike sloths, however, they have longer faces and thick tails used to help them balance and climb. As one should expect, they eat mainly ants. They are slow-moving (though not nearly as slow as sloths), nocturnal and solitary animals that give birth once or twice a year.
Native to Central and South America, these are the smallest living anteaters with a length between 50-68 cms (approximately 20-27 inches) and a weight of 175-400 grams (6-14 oz.). There are seven recognized subspecies: C. d. didactylus, the Guyanas, eastern Venezuela, Trinidad, Atlantic Forest; C. d. catellus, northern Bolivia, southeastern Peru, western Brazil; C. d. dorsalis, extreme southern Mexico, Central America, northern Colombia; C. d. eva, western Ecuador, southwestern Colombia; C. d. ida, western Brazil, eastern Ecuador and Peru; C. d. melini, northern Brazil, eastern Colombia; and C. d. mexicanus, southern Mexico.