Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Aardwolf (Proteles cristatus)

Aardwolves are a small, distant, relative of hyenas. They can be found in eastern and southern Africa. They are usually 26 inches long and weigh approximately 20 lbs. Unlike their relatives,  an aardwolf's diet consists of termites, maggots, grubs, and other soft-bodied creatures.

An aardwolf has yellow-white fur, with three vertical stripes on each side of it's body and diagonal stripes across the fore and hindquartes. When threatened they are able to erect their fur so that they can appear larger. They have hyena-like front teeth, but their molars are small and flat. Aardwolves are able to grind their food with their muscular stomach.

Aardwolves are solitary and nocturnal mammals that spend the day resting in their burrows. They normally have a litter of 2-4 cubs. These cubs are able to live on their own by 16 weeks.

The information provided above can be found in Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide To The World's Wildlife.
If you have any questions about an Aardwolf please post them in the comment section and I will do my best to answer them in a timely manner. 


Anonymous said...

I really like how you make the information so concise. It is fun to learn about these animals. How many animals will you write about that start with the letter A?

Hanna said...

I am so glad that you like the blog and I am glad you are learning from it! Well, that is a good question,there are hundreds of animals that start with the letter A, and there are 365 days in a year so maybe I will do a year of animals beginning with the letter A. These animals will consist of mammals,amphibians, reptiles, fishes, and insects.