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Creature Feature. Aardvark ( Orycteropus afer ). Fast Facts. “Aardvark” means “earth pig” Burrowing, nocturnal mammal ~ 2 feet tall Sparse covering of coarse hair Poor eyesight Excellent hearing and sense of smell. Sleep in burrows during the day Predators include: Lions Leopards

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fast facts
Fast Facts
  • “Aardvark” means “earth pig”
  • Burrowing, nocturnal mammal
  • ~ 2 feet tall
  • Sparse covering of coarse hair
  • Poor eyesight
  • Excellent hearing and sense of smell
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Sleep in burrows during the day

  • Predators include:
    • Lions
    • Leopards
    • Hunting dogs
    • Pythons
  • Can live up to 24 yrs in captivity
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Aardvark

Anteater

distribution
Distribution

Range of habitats include savannah, grasslands, woodlands, and bushlands

feeding
Feeding
  • Each toe has a large shovel-like nail
  • Forage over 6-18 miles from their burrow
  • Seeks out ant or termite mounds
  • Uses its long tongue to grab food
  • Can eat up to 50,000 ants or termites in one night!
reproduction
Reproduction
  • Only pair during the breeding season
  • Gestate for 7 months
  • Give birth to one cub that weighs ~ 5 lbs.
  • Babies can eat termites after 4 months
fun facts
Fun Facts
  • Kids show “Arthur” on PBS was based on an aardvark
  • Stan Lee and Steve Ditko originally wanted a mammalian themed superhero to add to the Marvel Universe
    • "Aardvarkman" – superhero with the ability to control hordes of soldier ants
    • Soldier ant theme led to the creation of Spiderman
    • Supervillain Toad was eventually created from the failed artwork for Aardvarkman
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