I’m joining in the Blogging Through the Alphabet series with Through the Calm and Through the Storm as well as Adventures with Jude. Here is week one – I will be having animals as my theme. Today we will learn about the Aardvark.
Scientific name: Orycteropus afer
The aardvark is a very interesting creature. It’s name comes from South Africa’s Afrikaans language and means “earth pig.” The body and snout remind you of a pig and you see rabbit like ears, kangaroo type tail … but it is not related to ANY of these!
The aardvark is found in Africa. They can be found in all regions, from dry savannas to rain forests, where there are sufficient termites for food, access to water, and sandy or clay soil. It is a nocturnal animal (meaning it sleeps during the day and is awake at night). It will travel several miles to find a termite mound or ant hole. It then uses its powerful spade like paws to dig in and get its food. It can dig up to two feet in 15 seconds! As often is the case, the Lord made it perfectly, as they can close their snout so as not to get bugs or dust in when eating. They also have a very long (can be up to 12 inches!) sticky tongue that helps them get their supper from the holes.
Their homes are very interesting. They have a main home and then several other refuge holes around their main home. Neat way to keep themselves safe! The main burrow can be very extensive and can sometimes be big enough for a man to enter! They also often change their main burrow leaving their old home behind. This is actually useful as other animals will then take over these burrows, animals like hares, mongooses, hyenas, owls, pythons, and lizards.
Female aardvarks normally have one baby per year, in the spring, which stays with mom for about six months before moving on and making its own home.
Their average life span (in captivity) is 23 years. They are around seven feel long and weigh up to 140 pounds.
Come back next week when we cover the letter B and discuss the badger.
Now go check out all the other posts of those who are joining in with Blogging Through the Alphabet. They can post this entire week so make sure to check back and see what has been added!
Enjoy the journey!