How have animals adapted to live in the Brazilian Cerrado (tropical savanna)?give examples of how specific animals have adapted to suit live in the Cerrado.

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There is a large population of termites and ants, specifically the "leaf-cutter" ants, which are important to the decomposition of organic matter.  The insects are also important food sources to some of the biologically diverse Cerrado, such as the anteater, the Giant anteater, and the armadillo.  So these organisms have adapted to using the insects as a main food supply source, adapting to the ant mounds by having a snout, or proboscis-like head, with a very long tongue, specifically designed to capture the termites and ants for eating.  Termites also inhabit rotting logs, so the Giant anteater has a set of razorlike claws on it's front appendages that are good for ripping the logs open so it can get to the termites.  There is also a long list of higher order food chain occupants, such as the red wolf, tapir, jaguar, ocelot, and other assorted birds and reptiles that have adapted to the Cerrado and call it home.


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