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Aardvark (Orycteropus afer), nocturnal African mammal. Measuring up to 6 ft (1.8 m) in length and weighing up to 150 lbs (68 kg), the aardvark has a stout body with a plump, ratlike tail, elongated piglike snout, and large ears. It feeds on ants and termites, tearing open their nests with its powerful limbs and catching them with its long, sticky tongue.

See also: Anteater.

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