Anteaters are exotic pets and therefore, are costly. Many a time, it takes about a year for someone to get their anteater pet, because they are so rare. This is why it is important for you to research properly, and decide if you would like an anteater as pet. They are known as the 'delicate keeper'! If you are certain that you would be able to provide this animal with appropriate basic necessities, amenities, care, love, and professional assistance, only then take the initiative of keeping them as pets. It's another life that you are dealing with, so make sure you have the ability to flourish it with justice.
I'm currently researching anteaters as pets, because my friend and I are very interested in getting one. However, I want to be very educated in the area beforehand! How often do you bathe your anteaters? I've heard that they can be somewhat smelly. Also, how do you go about getting one? (Did you adopt them as adults or adolescents?) I know you said you received yours from South America, so I'm guessing it's very difficult to get the pets. I currently reside in Florida, and am aware of the permits and such. :) thanks
Have ants invaded your kitchen? Are they ruining your picnic? Do you have ants in your plants? A logical solution would be to visit your local shelter and adopt an anteater for a pet. Before you start picking names for your soon-to-be anteater pet, you should know they cost somewhere around five to eight thousand dollars. For that kind of cash you can get a giant anteater, which will grow to nearly 7 feet in length and weigh 140 pounds. Less is more with the pygmy anteater which, as its name implies, tops out at only around 14 inches. Somewhere in the middle are the most common species kept as pets, the northern tamandua and southern tamandua. These critters are about four feet in length.
As it turns out, those who do keep anteaters as pets say they are as loving and expressive as dogs. They respond when you call their names and even demand attention when neglected. On the other hand, most animal experts say if you love anteaters, you should probably leave them in the wild forests of Central and South America where they can live happily ever after. Also, if threatened, a giant anteater can disembowel you with one swipe of its sharp, powerful claws. But that would make the ants in your kitchen seem like much less of a problem, no?