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Ecstatic for Aardvarks


Image by Marie Hale

What lives in South Africa, has a long, sticky tongue and eats termites? Aardvarks, of course. Aardvarks use their lengthy snouts to sniff out their prey and can be found south of the Sahara in Africa. Aardvarks can live 23 years in captivity and can weigh up to 180 pounds.

Aardvarks are nocturnal animals, so they spend the humid afternoon snoozing in a burrow they dig with their sharp claws. In the night they put their spade-shaped claws to work by using them to find their favourite snack, termites. Did you know that the name of these snuffling snackers came from a word in a different language that means “earth pig?” To find out more about aardvarks you can go to National Geographic by clicking this link:¬†

Well, that’s all for now. Stay tuned for more posts. Hint: look out for Burrowing Badgers.