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The Aardvark

The aardvark is a medium sized, nocturnal mammal native to Africa. It likes to burrow in the ground to make its home, which earned its name from an Afrikaan word meaning “ground pig”. However, the aardvark is not related to the pig. Its closest living relatives are the elephant shrew. Can you believe aardvarks are related to an animal that small?

Aardvarks look a bit like pigs with their stout noses and short bodies. They also have an arched back and four toes in the front, five toes in the back! Their toes are like shovels, they’re flat and large. Aardvarks weigh 88-140 pounds, and can reach up to 7 feet long, but normal lengths are around 3-4 feet long. The aardvark has a long, snake-like tongue used to eat termites.

Read on and learn more about the Aardvark in today's Visit The Wildside!

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