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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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Aardvark orycteropus afer

Aardvark(Orycteropus afer)


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



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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