Order Dermoptera & Order Edentata

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Science Biological
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The Orders for fly lemurs, armadillos, anteaters, and sloths.

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Order Dermoptera & Order Edentata

Order Dermoptera  (Flying Lemurs)

This Order has only two representatives, the flying lemurs/colugos


Flying Lemur

flying lemur



The interesting thing about this Order is that it is known as the Flying Lemur, but it neither flies or is a lemur.

Order Edentata (Toothless)

This Order has three representatives,  mammals without teeth: Dasypodidae (armadillos), Bradypodidae (sloths), and Myrmecophagidae (hairy anteaters).



With their long, sticky tongue, armadillos catch ants, beetles, termites, and other insects after digging them out of the ground. They also eat plants, eggs, small vertebrates, and some fruit.


The giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla), also known as the ant bear, is an insectivorous mammal native to Central and South America. It is one of four living species of anteaters, the only member of the genus Myrmecophaga.



Sloths are arboreal (tree-dwelling) mammals noted for slowness of movement and for spending most of their lives hanging upside down in the trees of the tropical rainforests of South America and Central America. The six species are in two families: two-toed sloths and three-toed sloths. 


Identify 5 Zoos in the United States that have sloths

Identify any Zoo in the United States that have a flying lemur

Discuss the environment that could support a hairy anteater

Explain why sloths move so slowly

Explain how a Zoo might feed a sloth

Research the American Zoological Association (AZA) for a "Care Manual" for sloths

Please develop and submit a presentation demonstrating your understanding of these two Orders. Please include the above "prompts" in your presentation