Agriculture
Silk’s superpowers
Where Have All the Bees Gone?
Cleaning Up Fish Farms
Amphibians
Tree Frogs
Bullfrogs
Newts
Animals
Professor Ant
Odor-Chasing Penguins
Roach Love Songs
Behavior
Giving Sharks Safe Homes
Baby Talk
The (kids') eyes have it
Birds
Falcons
Lovebirds
Swifts
Chemistry and Materials
Hair Detectives
The hungry blob at the edge of the universe
Mother-of-Pearl on Ice
Computers
Lighting goes digital
The Book of Life
A Light Delay
Dinosaurs and Fossils
Dino Babies
Meet your mysterious relative
Dinosaurs Grow Up
E Learning Jamaica
E Learning in Jamaica WIN PRIZES and try our Fun Animated Games
2014 GSAT Results for Jamaican Kids
Results of GSAT are in schools this week
Earth
Distant Quake Changes Geyser Eruptions
Surf Watch
In Antarctica watch the heat (and your step)
Environment
Power of the Wind
Plant Gas
Spotty Survival
Finding the Past
Prehistoric Trips to the Dentist
Childhood's Long History
Traces of Ancient Campfires
Fish
Skates
Bull Sharks
Lampreys
Food and Nutrition
Making good, brown fat
A Pepper Part that Burns Fat
Strong Bones for Life
GSAT English Rules
Pronouns
Adjectives and Adverbs
Finding Subjects and Verbs
GSAT Exam Preparation Jamaica
GSAT stars reap scholarship glory
March 21-22, 2013: Over 43,000 students will take the GSAT Exam
10 Common Mistakes When Preparing for the GSAT Math Test
GSAT Exams Jamaica Scholarships
GSAT Scholarship
GSAT Practice Papers | GSAT Mathematics | Maths
2014 GSAT Results for Jamaican Kids
GSAT Mathematics
Secrets of an Ancient Computer
A Sweet Advance in Candy Packing
Math is a real brain bender
Human Body
A Long Haul
Sleeping Soundly for a Longer Life
A Long Trek to Asia
Invertebrates
Black Widow spiders
Lobsters
Giant Squid
Mammals
Little Brown Bats
Prairie Dogs
Gerbils
Parents
The Surprising Meaning and Benefits of Nursery Rhymes
How children learn
Raise a Lifelong Reader by Reading Aloud
Physics
Thinner Air, Less Splatter
The Particle Zoo
Hold on to your stars, ladies and gentlemen
Plants
Flower family knows its roots
Sweet, Sticky Science
Surprise Visitor
Reptiles
Tortoises
Garter Snakes
Iguanas
Space and Astronomy
Big Galaxy Swallows Little Galaxy
Gravity Tractor as Asteroid Mover
Cousin Earth
Technology and Engineering
Morphing a Wing to Save Fuel
Model Plane Flies the Atlantic
Crime Lab
The Parts of Speech
Pronouns
What is a Preposition?
What is a Verb?
Transportation
How to Fly Like a Bat
Flying the Hyper Skies
Seen on the Science Fair Scene
Weather
Warmest Year on Record
Either Martians or Mars has gas
Watering the Air
Add your Article

Aardvarks

The Aardvark (Orycteropus afer) is a medium-sized mammal native to Africa. The name comes from the Afrikaans/Dutch for "earth pig" (aarde earth, varken pig), because early settlers from Europe thought it resembled a pig. However, the Aardvark is not closely related to pigs.

Chew on This: The most distinctive charactristic of aardvarks is their teeth. Instead of having a pulp cavities, aardvark teeth have lots of thin tubes of dentine, each containing pulp and held together by cementum. The teeth have no enamel coating and are worn away and regrow continuously. In adults, the only teeth are the molars at the back of the jaw.

Appearance: The Aardvark is only vaguely pig-like; the body is stout with an arched back; the limbs are of moderate length. The ears are disproportionately long and the tail very thick at the base with a gradual taper. The greatly elongated head is set on a short, thick neck, and at the end of the snout is a disk in which the nostrils open. The mouth is typical of species that feed on termites: small and tubular. The Aardvark has a long, thin, protrusible tongue and elaborate structures supporting a keen sense of smell. The Aardvark is a pale yellowish gray in color, often stained reddish-brown by soil. The coat is thin and the animal's primary protection is its tough skin; the Aardvark has been known to sleep in a recently excavated ant nest, so well does it protect them.


Aardvark of Africa: The Aardvark is distributed across most of sub-Saharan Africa, and although killed by humans both for its flesh and for its teeth (which are used as decorations), does not appear to be threatened.

Insects for Dinner: The Aardvark is nocturnal and a solitary creature that feeds almost exclusively on ants and termites. An Aardvark emerges from its burrow in the late afternoon or shortly after sunset, and forages over a considerable home range, swinging its long nose from side to side to pick up the scent of food. When a concentration of ants or termites is found, the Aardvark digs into it with its powerful front legs, keeping its long ears upright to listen for predators, and takes up an astonishing number of insects with its long, sticky tongue—as many as 50,000 in one night has been recorded. It is an exceptionally fast digger, but otherwise moves rather slowly.

Burrow Park: Aside from digging out ants and termites, the Aardvark also excavates burrows to live in: temporary sites scattered around the home range as refuges, and the main burrow which is used for breeding.

Burrow Basics: Main burrows can be deep and extensive, have several entrances, and can be as much as 13 meters long. The Aardvark changes the layout of its home burrow regularly, and from time to time moves on and makes a new one. Only mothers and young share burrows.

 

Trivia:

* Aardvark is usually considered the first noun in the English dictionary.

* Arthur Read is a fictional aardvark (despite looking more like a mouse) with human-like traits. He is a book and television character created by Marc Brown.* Cerebus the Aardvark is a comic aardvark created by Canadian artist Dave Sim.

* Jason Webley, the musician, has a song about an aardvark.

* The Raccoons, a popular Canadian animated television show in the late 1980's, featured a pink, anti-environmentalist aardvark named Cyril Snear.

* Earlham College (Richmond, Indiana) is the only American liberal arts university, outside of zoological institutes, with a comprehensive concentration in the study of aardvarks.

* In the Pink Panther cartoon there was a character named the "Blue Aardvark". The Pink Panther represented innocence and un-fortune, The Blue Aardvark was unkind and ill-polite...



After a gestation period of 7 months, a single cub weighing around 2 kg is born, and is able to leave the burrow to accompany its mother after only two weeks. At six months of age it is digging its own burrows, but it will often remain with the mother until the next mating season. The Aardvarks can grow older than 20 years in captivity.

The Aardvark is the only surviving member of the family Orycteropodidae and of the order Tubulidentata. The Aardvark was originally placed in the same genus as the South American anteaters because of superficial similarities which, it is now known, are the result of convergent evolution, not common ancestry. For the same reason, Aardvarks bear a striking first-glance resemblance to the marsupial bilbies and Bandicoots of Australasia, which are not placental mammals at all. The Aardvark is now placed in its own genus, Orycteropus.

All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

Aardvarks
Aardvarks








Designed and Powered by HBJamaica.com™