Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Aardwolf Facts and Images 2013


AardwolfAlthough the aardwolf (Proteles crisata) is a type of hyena, it is so different in size, appearance and behavior it is really quite unique.
Aardwolves are only found in two populations in southern and eastern Africa. At only about three feet long and weighing less than 30lbs they are much smaller than other hyenas and are only slightly larger than foxes. A slender muzzle and sharper ears than other hyenas further differentiates the aardwolf in appearance.
Much like the aardvark it’s partially named after, the aardwolf feeds almost exclusively on insects; specifically the termites that are native to its home range. With its specialized tongue and teeth, the aardwolf is capable of eating up to 300,000 termites in a single night. Unlike other hyenas, aardwolves do not scavenge or eat carrion, and will only kill small mammals and birds as a last resort.
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