The scientific name for aardvarks is Orycteropus afer, which is Greek for "digging-footed from Africa." The name aardvark is an early Afrikaans word, and it means "earth pig" or "ground pig." The animals were called this because they live in burrows in the ground, and also they look a little like pigs, even though they are not even remotely related to pigs.
Aardvarks have tough skin with some coarse hair on it. Their toes have wide, flat nails that are really good for digging. Their long snouts have a flat sort of disc at the end where the nostrils are. The aardvark's mouth is shaped like a tube, and its tongue is like a long, sticky worm that can be 12 inches long.
|Termite mounds can be really tall!|
|This mound got dug into, probably by an aardvark.|
|Real aardvark burrows have much smaller openings.|
This one is probably in a zoo.