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Big A, little a…

I’ve decided to venture off on my own and start my own blog. One of my favorite things to do is learn quick, interesting facts about animals, and that’s exactly what this blog is for. Every day (more or less..), I will post a picture of an animal, and a few interesting facts about said beastie.

I see no further reason to expound on my intents, so, without further ado, I bring you the…

Aardvark!

(or Ant-Bear)

Mother and baby aardvark

I figured it was fitting to start off with an ‘A’ animal. Aardvarks live in Africa, and one of the most interesting things about them are their teeth. They have no enamel, and are constantly growing to make up for wear. Babies are born with incisors and canines, but these teeth drop out, and adults only have cheek teeth.

Aardvarks are not related to Anteaters or Armadillos, despite their appearance. Aardvarks are part of their own order.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Superorder: Afrotheria
Order: Tubulidentata
Family: Orycteropodidae
Genus: Orycteropus
Species: O. afer

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