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.
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