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Are anteaters cold blooded?


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September 12, 2011 1:58PM

Anteaters are warmblooded

No. Anteaters are mammals, and all mammals are warmblooded -- they maintain the same body temperature most of the time, regardless of the temperature around them. This is called thermal homeostasis.

Even warmblooded animals, though, sometimes have changes in their body temperature. This is what happens when you have a fever -- you body raises your body temperature to kill viruses or bacteria inside you. Body temperature can also change when a warmblooded animal is very cold for too long a time (hypothermia) or very hot for too long a time (hyperthermia or "heat stroke").