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Latin name

 

Orycteropus afer

Family

 

Smaller mammals

Size

 

Length (including tail) 1,4-1,6 m

Weight

 

40 - 70 kg

Colour

 

Pinkish grey or yellowish grey skin sparsely covered in coarse reddish brown hairs. The skin is apt to be stained darker, depending on the colour of the earth in which the animal burrows.

Appearance

 

Unlike any other animal.

Habitat

 

Wherever termites and ants are available as food, and where the earth is soft enough for burrowing. The aardvark avoids stony or rocky terrain and high forest, but occurs in open woodland and grassland areas.