Aardvark

The aardvark is an African animal. This is one of the animals that start with alphabet A. Here we will first list down the fast facts.

  • Type: Mammal
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Scientific name: Orycteropus afer
  • Higher classification: Orycteropus
  • Weight: 110 to 180 lbs (50 to 82 kg)
  • Conservation status: Least Concern
  • Length: 100 – 130 cm (Adult, Without Tail)
  • Gestation period: 213 days
  • Average life span in captivity: 23 years
  • Size: 24 inches at the shoulder
  • Habitat: Dry savanna
  • Tongue: Up to 12 inches long
  • Predators: Humans, lions, leopards, hyenas, pythons




Aardvark

Their name comes from the Afrikaans language which means earth pig. They are great diggers and can dig up to 2 feet in just 15 seconds. They dig burrows and live in their burrows. They eat ants and termites. They normally stay in their burrow to protect them from sun and predators in the day. After sunset, they start foraging for food. They can travel several miles in a single night and then come back to their burrow. If they are far from their home burrow and feel danger; they will quickly dig a temporary burrow to protect them. They are good swimmers too and can swim in strong currents.

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