Aardvark

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Aardvark
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Superorder: Afrotheria
Order: Tubulidentata
Huxley, 1872
Family: Orycteropodidae
Gray, 1821
Genus: Orycteropus
G. Cuvier, 1798
Species: O. afer
Binomial name
Orycteropus afer
(Pallas, 1766)
Aardvark range map

The Aardvark (Orycteropus afer) is a mammal from Africa; its name means "earth pig" in the language Afrikaans.

Taxonomy[change | edit source]

  • Order Tubulidentata
    • Family Orycteropodidae
      • Genus Orycteropus
        • Species Orycteropus afer

The Aardvark is the only surviving member of the family Orycteropodidae and of the order Tubulidentata.

The Aardvark looks a bit like other animals, like the South American anteaters but they are not related.

Appearance[change | edit source]

Adult aardvarks weighs about 50 Kilograms (110 pounds) and a little more than one meter (45 inches) long.

Life[change | edit source]

Aardvarks eat mostly ants and termites. They have a long sticky tongue which makes it easy to pick up many ants at once.

Aardvarks are nocturnal, which means they are awake at night and asleep during the day.