It roams over most of the southern two-thirds of the African continent, avoiding areas that are mainly rocky.
The hair surrounding its nostrils is dense to help filter particulate matter out as it digs.
Its tail is very thick at the base and gradually tapers.
The greatly elongated head is set on a short, thick neck, and the end of the snout bears a disc, which houses the nostrils. The head of the aardvark contains many unique and different features.
One of the most distinctive characteristics of the Tubulidentata is their teeth.
Whereas the aardvark is considered digitigrade, it appears at time to be plantigrade.
This confusion happens because when it squats it stands on its soles.
The aardvark's coat is thin, and the animal's primary protection is its tough skin.
Its hair is short on its head and tail; however its legs tend to have longer hair.
When a concentration of ants or termites is detected, the aardvark digs into it with its powerful front legs, keeping its long ears upright to listen for predators, and takes up an astonishing number of insects with its long, sticky tongue—as many as 50,000 in one night have been recorded.
Its claws enable it to dig through the extremely hard crust of a termite or ant mound quickly.
although other prehistoric species and genera of Tubulidentata are known.