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Things You May Not Have Known About the Aardvark

Aardvarks are unique looking animals that many of us don’t get to see in the wild. From their particular diet to their interesting features, aardvarks are one-of-a-kind. Let’s take a closer look at this animal.

What’s in a Name?

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While “aardvark” is typically the first word in an English dictionary, it is actually an Afrikaans word meaning “earth pig.”


Resembles Other Animals

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Its features match several other animals, such as its pig-like nose, rabbit-like ears, and kangaroo-like tail.

Distant Relatives

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However, their closest living relative is the African elephant.

No One Else Like It

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Aardvarks belongs to their own order, which means there is no other animal like them!

Hangs Out in Africa

Aardvarks live all over Africa, south of the Sahara Desert.

Nocturnal Living

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They keep cool underground during the hot African days and emerge during the cooler nights.

Enjoys Alone Time

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Aardvarks would not be considered social butterflies and spend much of their time alone.


Feeds on Termites and Ants

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They are willing to travel miles just to eat their favorite foods.

Catches Food with its Long Tongue

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Their sticky 12-inch tongue makes it easier to catch those tasty termites.

Big Diggers

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They can really dig. A typical aardvark can dig a burrow two feet below the ground in about 15 seconds.

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