Aardvarks are incredible diggers, so well equipped with powerful spoon shaped claws they can dig a hole faster than several men with shovels. They are elusive, nocturnal, pig-like creatures, widely distributed in sub-saharan Africa, and that live on a diet of ants and termites. They have long extensible tongues and flexible tubular snouts – perfect tools for sucking up over 50,000 insects in one sitting, which they then swallow whole.
Scientific name: Orycteropus afer
- Cape anteater,
- Earth hog,
- Earth pig