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The animal on the cover of Access Database Design & Programming is a tamandua, one of three species comprising the anteater family. The tamandua is also known as the collared anteater (although vested anteater might be a better name). Tamanduas live in the tropical rainforest. They spend much of their time in the forest canopy, feasting on ants and termites; they often move awkwardly when they descend to the ground. Tamanduas use their powerful forearms for self defense. When attacked they will back up against a rock or cling to a tree branch with their hind legs while fighting and clawing with their forearms. Amazonian Indians sometimes use tamanduas to clear their homes of ants and termites. Despite this useful trait, the tamandua is an endangered species. They are often killed for their tails, the tendons of which are used to make ropes.


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