Aardvark (Orycteropus afer)

AttributeValue
FamilyOrycteropodidae
KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderTubulidentata
GenusOrycteropus
Common NameAnt bear
TypeWithin its large range
Diet the aardvark occurs in a great variety of habitats
Size including grasslands
Hight rainforests
Weight savanna and woodland
Top Speed with its presence largely dictated by the distribution of suitable ant and termite species (1). It shows a preference for areas of sandy soil (5)
Life Span and will avoid rocky ground that is hard to dig in and habitats that are extremely dry (1).More >>Species found in a similar habitatYellow-headed parrot(Amazona oratrix)Gabela bush shrike(Laniarius amboimensis)Nine-banded armadillo(Dasypus novemcinctus)
LifestyleMammalia
ColourTotal length: 140 - 220 cm (2)Tail length: 44 - 71 cm (2)
Favourite FoodWeight40 - 100 kg (2)
Main PreyAardvark biology
Predators The elusive aardvark is primarily a nocturnal animal (1)
Special Features spending the day curled up in its burrow asleep (5). However
The aardvark (/ˈɑːrdvɑːrk/ ARD-varkOrycteropus afer) is a medium-sized, burrowing, nocturnal mammal native to Africa. It is the only living species of the order Tubulidentata, although other prehistoric species and genera of Tubulidentata are known. Unlike other insectivores, it has a long pig-like snout, which is used to sniff out food. It roams over most of the southern two-thirds of the African continent, avoiding areas that are mainly rocky. A nocturnal feeder, it subsists on ants and termites, which it will dig out of their hills using its sharp claws and powerful legs. It also digs to create burrows in which to live and rear its young. It receives a “least concern” rating from the IUCN, although its numbers seem to be decreasing.

Species Mammalia first described by Peter Simon Pallas Species 1766 Orycteropus afer.The Orycteropus afer covered kahenera Orycteropus relatives Orycteropodidae.

The aardvark (/ˈɑːrdvɑːrk/ ARD-varkOrycteropus afer) is a medium-sized, burrowing, nocturnal mammal native to Africa. It is the only living species of the order Tubulidentata, although other prehistoric species and genera of Tubulidentata are known. Unlike other insectivores, it has a long pig-like snout, which is used to sniff out food. It roams over most of the southern two-thirds of the African continent, avoiding areas that are mainly rocky. A nocturnal feeder, it subsists on ants and termites, which it will dig out of their hills using its sharp claws and powerful legs. It also digs to create burrows in which to live and rear its young. It receives a “least concern” rating from the IUCN, although its numbers seem to be decreasing.

Species Mammalia first described by Peter Simon Pallas Species 1766 Orycteropus afer.The Orycteropus afer covered kahenera Orycteropus relatives Orycteropodidae.