Habitat of the aardvark
Habitat of the aardvark
 
 
A baby aardvark with its mother
A baby aardvark with its mother
 
 
Close-up of an aardvark
Close-up of an aardvark
 
 
The burrow of an aardvark
The burrow of an aardvark
 
 
An adult aardvark walking
An adult aardvark walking
 
 
An Adult aardvark
An Adult aardvark
 
 
A drawing of several aardvarks
A drawing of several aardvarks
 
Aardvark
Topic(s):   Mammals, Savanna Animals
Quick Facts
Type of Animal mammal
Biome(s) savannas
Habitat(s) plains of Africa
Diet ants, termites
Male male
Female female
Baby pup
Group group
Life Span 21 to 24 years (in captivity)
Predators large cats, hyenas, wild dogs
Endangered no

An aardvark looks like a pig with rabbit ears. The word aardvark means earth pig. Its ears stick up high on its head. An aardvark head is mostly snout. The snout is long and thin. The aardvark uses its snout to sniff for termite holes. An aardvark’s tongue is long and sticky. It is used to lick up termites.

An aardvark can be up to 6.5 feet (two meters) long. A grown aardvark can weigh 110 to 155 pounds (50 to 70 kg). Like a pig, an aardvark has short coarse hair. Each aardvark has a long thin tail. It also has sharp claws. If there is danger an aardvark rolls on its back. Now it can swipe at predators with its claws.

An aardvark is nocturnal. This mammal hunts termites at night. Burrows are where aardvarks spend the day. An aardvark is a fast digger. One aardvark can did a hole two feet (0.6 meters) deep in only 15 seconds.

An aardvark lives alone most of the time. A female aardvark gives birth one time a year. She has one baby at a time. The baby aardvark lives with its mother for about a year.

Resource information

Aardvark | African Wildlife Foundation. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.awf.org/wildlife-conservation/aardvark

Aardvark. (2014). Encyclopedia Americana. Retrieved June 30, 2014, from Grolier Online http://ea.grolier.com/article?id=0000120-00

Schlitter, D. A. (2014). Aardvark. In World Book Student. Retrieved from http://www.worldbookonline.com/student/article?id=ar000220

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