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Aardvarke (Orycteropus afer) is a peculiar mammal that belongs to the Orycteropodidae family. It is found mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and is known for its distinctive appearance and specialized food habit.

Here is an overview of the aardvark:

Physical Appearance: The aardvark has a stocky, low body with short, strong legs. Their fur is short and thick, brown or greyish in color, and in some areas, may have lighter patches or streaks. The aardvark's skin is very thick and covered in horny plates, giving it natural armor against insect attacks and other dangers.

Head and snout: Its head is large and has an elongated, tubular snout, giving it a superficial resemblance to a pig, hence its common name "aardvark". Its snout is equipped with a long sticky and extensible tongue, which can measure up to 30 centimeters in length. It uses this tongue to catch ants, termites, and other insects that make up the majority of its diet.

Ears and eyes: Their ears are large and pointed, which helps them detect sounds and possible predators. The aardvark's eyes are small and located on the top of its head, allowing it to keep them off the ground while foraging.

Tail: It has a short, slender tail, which is not prehensile and is not used for grasping or handling purposes.

Habits and feeding: The aardvark is mainly nocturnal and feeds on ants, termites and other insects found in termite mounds and anthills. It uses its strong claws to open nests and its sticky tongue to extract insects. It can consume large numbers of insects in a single night.

Behavior and habitat: They are solitary and territorial animals, which prefer open and semi-arid habitats, such as savannahs, deserts, and scrublands. They are good burrowers and can dig burrows for shelter during the day and protection from heat and predators.

Although they are not aggressive animals, the aardvark is primarily threatened by habitat loss due to human expansion and poaching. Their nutritional specialization and their low reproduction rate make them vulnerable to changes in their environment, so their conservation is important to maintain the balance of the ecosystem in which they inhabit.

Approximate measurements of the Aardvark:

1:24 scale - 80mm