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If You Love Aardvarks

Updated on January 15, 2015
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Find Out All About Aardvarks

How much do you know about Aardvarks? The aardvark is a unique animal that shares similar characteristics as the pig and anteater but is not related to either one. Native to Africa, this funny little creature is equally comfortable in the grasslands as well as the rainforest.

Aardvarks LOVE termites! Their thick claws are perfect for digging into mounds for either termites or ants. The aardvark is a solitary animal unless it is breeding season. Let's learn more about Aardvarks!


Aardvark Fact:

The aardvark will defend itself

by using its tail as a club.

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Habitat

The aardvark is native to Africa and lives in a variety of places but they are most common to the grasslands and woodlands. They congregate wherever they can find a large supply of food.

The aardvark can even be found in the rainforests if there is a good amount of termites and ants. Aardvarks burrow into soil (preferably sandy) to build their homes. In this burrowed shelter, the aardvark sleeps and gives birth.


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Physical Characteristics

The aardvark has a body similar to a pig, although their hind legs are longer than their front legs. They have four thick, strong claws on their front feet that are used for digging hard termite mounds and 5 toes on their hind feet. They have a long snout and a long tongue which aids in capturing termites.Their ears are tall but can be folded. Aardvarks do not see well and prefer to travel at night. They are also colorblind. Aardvarks teeth are very strong and continue to grow throughout their life. They have a powerful tail which is used for self defense.


Other Things Called Aardvark - (a great way to be first in alphabetical listings)

  1. Question and answer site
  2. Swimwear supplier
  3. News publication
  4. Travel search engine
  5. Rock band (Rabid Aardvarks)
  6. Rugby club
  7. Party rentals
  8. Appliance store

Aardvark Fact-

Aardvarks are sometimes

mistaken for anteaters but they

are not related as a species and live

on different continents.

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Aardvark Question

Where have you seen an Aardvark?

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Visit Aardvarks at These Zoos

  • Bronx Zoo
  • Philadelphia Zoo
  • Detroit Zoo
  • Brookfield Zoo (near Chicago)
  • Busch Gardens, Tampa
  • Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

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Do you think Aardvarks are cute?

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Aardvark Chat - What are your thoughts on aardvarks?

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 2 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Never seen a real aardvark - but they look cute in the pictures!

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      Nice switch over to hub! Still like the Aardvarks......

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      Love Aardvarks, and wonder where their name came from! A weird animal with a weird name too!

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      Mohan Babu 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      I have not heard about this animal (Aardvarks - did I spell it correct?). It almost looks like a fictional animal. I needed to see the video to believe it is real. I wish we can have Aardvark at our home to fight ants the natural way.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      With each of my kids, when they're interested in animals and learning basics about them and the common animals - I love to show them aardvarks and other more bizarre creatures.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Now that I think about it, I'm not sure I did see one in a zoo, maybe it was an anteater. They are really unique creatures, just saying their name is funny.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      OMG, but I have long been a fan of Aardvarks! They are like cute opossums. Ah, Aardvarks and Unicorns! Two cool creature species.

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      Evelyn Saenz 6 years ago from Royalton

      Nice collection of Aardvarks!