Aardvarks live throughout Africa and their name comes from South Africa’s language and means earth pig. A glimpse of the aardvark’s body and long snout brings the pig to mind. On closer inspection, the aardvark appears to include other animal features as well. It owns rabbit like ears and a kangaroo tail yet the aardvark is related to none of these animals.
Aardvarks are nocturnal which means they sleep during the day go out and hunt during night time. They spend the hot African afternoons holed up in cool underground burrows dug with their powerful feet and claws. After sunset, aardvarks put those claws to good use in acquiring their favorite food termites.
While foraging in grasslands and forests aardvarks, also called ant bears, may travel several miles a night in search of large termite mounds. They use their long, sticky, wormlike tongue to feast on the insects within mounds. It can close its nostrils to keep dust and insects from invading its snout, and its thick skin protects it from bites.
Female aardvarks typically give birth to one newborn each year. The young remain with their mother for about six months before moving out and digging their own burrows.
These are funny looking awesome animals and are fun to learn about.