Aardvark, an African mammal. The name means “earth pig” in Afrikaans and refers to its resemblance to a pig and to its habit of digging. The aardvark is 4 to 7 feet (1.4 to 2.1 m) long, including the muscular, 2-foot (60-cm) tail. It is about 2 feet tall at the shoulder and weighs 110 to 155 pounds (50 to 70 kg). The aardvark has a long, narrow head, long ears, and a blunt snout. It has tubular teeth that grow continuously throughout its life. The aardvark's forefeet have large, sharp claws, which are used to dig rapidly in soil or sand. The thick skin is covered with bristly, brownish- or yellowish-gray hairs.

The aardvarkThe aardvark has a long, narrow head, long ears, and a blunt snout.

The aardvark hunts at night for termites and ants. It uses its long, sticky tongue to gather the insects from their nests.

Aardvarks are hunted for their edible flesh and for their hide, which is used to make leather clothing and bracelets.

The aardvark is Orycteropus afer of the family Orycteropodidae..