5 Interesting Facts About Aardvarks

Aardvark

Here is an aardvark sniffing for an ant or termite nest

Every time I open a book about animals, the first animal that I find is an aardvark, so I thought that I should write about them today.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. The word aardvark is an Afrikaans word meaning “earth pig.”
  2. They have a very long sticky tongue that measures 30 centimetres long.  This long tongue enables them to eat up to 50,000 ants and termites per night.
  3. Their very long ears and excellent hearing which helps them to hear predators such as hyenas, lions and leopards, giving them a chance to dig a hole and escape.
  4. Aardvarks have very strong legs and claws that make them very good diggers.  They can dig holes faster than a few men with shovels.
  5. They are widespread throughout Africa, but are rarely seen because they are nocturnal.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about aardvarks?

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