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Aardvark (Afrikaans for "earth pig") is the common name for a burrowing, ant-eating mammal. The aardvark is found throughout much of Africa, from the southern part of Egypt to the Cape of Good Hope. A primarily nocturnal animal, it lives in burrows and feeds on ants and termites, occasionally eating other4 insects, the fat mouse, and a species of wild ground cucumber. The aardvark uses its specialized, chisel-shaped claws to break open the hard clay of termite nests; then it uses its sticky tongue to capture the insects in the nest. Unlike the animals known as anteaters, which are toothless, the aardvark has 20 cylindrical, rootless teeth that grow continually throughout its lifetime. The female gives birth to one or occasionally two offspring, which can dig their own burrows at the age of six months.

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AWF Wildlives:  Aardvark Physical characteristics, diet, and habitat, of Orycteropus afer.
Aangelina Aardvark Description of an aardvark at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, as well as general species information.
Aardvark (Orycteropus afer) Factsheet from EDGE, a conservation organization that focuses specifically on threatened species that represent a significant amount of unique evolutionary history.
Aardvark - Wikipedia From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Aardvark is a mammal of order Tubulidentata, genus Orycteropus.
Aardvark Skeleton Diagram and description of the skeleton of Orycteropus afer.
Aardvark: Orycteropus afer Factsheet from Arkive with videos and images, description, range, habitat, biology and conservation.
Biology of the Aardvark Thesis by Joachim KnŲthig which provides a detailed study of Orycteropus afer.[PDF]
Enchanted Learning - Aall Aabout Aardvarks Children's site about aardvarks (Orycteropus afer) with links to printouts and learning activities.
Order Tubulidentata/Family Orycteropodidae Biology of the Aardvark (Orycteropus afer), the only species in this order.