The aardvark’s name comes from the Afrikaans/Dutch language and means “earth pig” according to National Geographic (opens in new tab). Although they eat ants – so they are technically “anteaters” – aardvarks are a different species from anteaters found in South America.
Aardvark (Orycteropus afer), also known as anteater, stocky African mammal found in sub-Saharan Africa in savannas and semiarid areas. The name aardvark – Afrikaans for “earth pig” – refers to its pig-like face and digging habits.
Definition of “anteater”
1. A large, ant-eating, toothless mammal (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) from Central America and tropical South America with a long, shaggy tail; Giant Anteater. 2. Aardvark.
The word Aardvark comes from Afrikaans Dutch and literally means “earth pig”, a combination of aard, “earth”, and vark, “pig”.
As burrowing mammals with pig snouts, aardvarks are true to their name, which means “earth pig” in Afrikaans. The nocturnal animals use their long noses and keen sense of smell to sniff out ants and termites, which they lick up with an anteater-like tongue covered in sticky saliva.
The aardvark (Orycteropus afer) is a medium-sized mammal native to Africa. The name comes from Afrikaans/Dutch for “earth pig” (aarde earth, varken pig) because early settlers from Europe thought it resembled a pig. However, the aardvark is not closely related to pigs.
Other animals such as lions, hyenas and leopards are its natural enemies in the wild.
Some black bears even eat mostly plants. Others, however, like the black bears in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, feed on ants. The insects are a high-energy, rich food source – bears eat them for many of the same reasons some say humans should eat more insects.
Their mouth is small and tubular, typical of species that feed on termites. The aardvark has a long, thin, protruding tongue (up to 30 centimeters long) and elaborate structures that support a keen sense of smell.
Aardvarks are mammals that look like they were made from parts of other animals. An aardvark has a long snout ending in a pig-like nose, rabbit-like ears, and a tail similar to that of a kangaroo. However, it is not closely related to any of these animals. Aardvarks are found throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
Name. The aardvark is sometimes colloquially referred to as the “African anteater“, “anteater” (not to be confused with the South American anteater), or “Cape anteater” after the Cape of Good Hope. p>
Anteaters and aardvarks are similar looking animals that are actually different species.
Aardvarks are nocturnal and tend to live alone. During the day they sleep curled up in their burrows. When night falls, aardvarks cautiously emerge from their burrows and hop around in search of predators.
Aardvarks are hardy mammals found throughout sub-Saharan Africa. They can eat 50,000 ants in one night and are great for digging with their spade-shaped feet.
A group of aardvarks (another extremely rare sighting – just seeing one is something special) is called an “armoury”, while a group of hippos basking in the sun , referred to as ‘bloating’! Feral dogs are known as “packs” and baboons are known as “troops”.
Aardvarks wouldn’t make a good pet. They are nocturnal so they would keep you up all night. Their digging habit would be quite difficult to maintain even in a backyard. In most places it is illegal to keep an aardvark as a pet.
There are a small number of edible animals that cannot be assigned to any of the above categories, or are assigned ambiguously, due to some special characteristics that they exhibit. They are: aropi (flying squirrel), ate and ou (two species of pangolin) and igbo (aardvark).
Their main defense is to flee underground very quickly, they are also known to be quite aggressive when threatened by these larger animals. Aardvarks use their strong, sharp claws to injure their attacker while simultaneously kicking the menacing animal with their powerful hind legs.
Anteater or anteater can refer to: aardvark, an animal of Africa. Giant anteater, an animal from South America.
Given that aardvarks live in a desert climate, they have adapted to get most of their fluid and water needs from the insects they eat. For this reason, it is very important for an aardvark to eat a sufficient amount of ants or termites in a single day.