Track It Thursday: The Aardvark

The tracks found in the thick, riverbed sand are form an aardvark who was using it's long claws to burrow or look for food.

The aardvark’s tough claws are also used to dig out burrows where they will sleep and rest during the daylight hours. These burrows are also created as a safe haven in which to raise their young, seen in the image below.

The aardvark uses it’s long pig-like snout to sniff out food and then its large, strong claws and powerful legs to scratch away the earth until it reaches what it is looking for. Their hide is very thick, in order to protect them from insects, while digging

This nocturnal, prehistoric mammal feeds off of ants and termites, walking far distances to find sufficient food sources because not any old ant will do. They are rather specific when it comes to their diet.

Interestingly, their teeth are not covered in enamel like other mammals but are actually covered with a layer of cement. Their teeth will continue to grow throughout their lifetime and do not grow simultaneously. 



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