Anteaters are insect-eating mammals in the superfamily Vermilingua, which means ‘worm tongue’. This includes the giant and silky anteater and northern and southern tamandua. These animals have very poor eyesight and lack teeth, so they use their sharp claws to destroy anthills or rotting wood and their long snouts and tongues to excavate the ants and termites inside, which make up the majority of their diet, swallowing their food whole as they cannot chew. They have also been known to eat soft-bodied grubs. An anteater can flick its tongue 160 times per minute, allowing it to eat up to 35,000 ants in one sitting!