Animal Age

How old does a Silky anteater get? (age expectancy)

What is the maximal age a Silky anteater reaches?

An adult Silky anteater (Cyclopes didactylus) usually gets as old as 2.25 years.

Silky anteaters are around 160 days in the womb of their mother. When born, they weight 275 grams (0.61 lbs) and measure 1.9 cm (0′ 1″). As a member of the Myrmecophagidae family (genus: Cyclopes), their offspring is 1 babies per pregnancy. Fully grown, they reach a bodylength of 17.7 cm (0′ 7″).

As a reference: Usually, humans get as old as 100 years, with the average being around 75 years. After being carried in the belly of their mother for 280 days (40 weeks), they grow to an average size of 1.65m (5′ 5″) and weight in at 62 kg (137 lbs), which is obviously highly individual.

A Silky anteater gets as old as 2.25 years

The silky anteater (Cyclopes didactylus), also known as the pygmy anteater, is a species of anteater in the genus Cyclopes, the only living genus in the family Cyclopedidae. It is found in southern Mexico, and Central and South America. A taxonomic review in 2017, including both molecular and morphological evidence, found that Cyclopes may comprise not one species (C. didactylus), as previously thought, but at least seven. The only known extinct cyclopedid species, Palaeomyrmidon incomtus, from the Late Miocene (c. 7 to 9 million years ago) of modern-day Argentina, is thought to share common ancestry with Cyclopes. It is the smallest of all known anteaters, has nocturnal habits and appears to be completely arboreal. Its hind feet are highly modified for climbing.

Animals of the same family as a Silky anteater

Not really brothers and sisters, but from the same biological family (Myrmecophagidae):

Animals that reach the same age as Silky anteater

With an average age of 2.25 years, Silky anteater are in good companionship of the following animals:

Animals with the same number of babies Silky anteater

The same number of babies at once (1) are born by:

Weighting as much as Silky anteater

A fully grown Silky anteater reaches around 259 grams (0.57 lbs). So do these animals:

Animals as big as a Silky anteater

Those animals grow as big as a Silky anteater: