It is true that aardvarks do eat ants. They mainly prefer termites however. They have also been known to eat underground fruits, probably as a source of water. The name Aardvark actually means “earth pig” and these creatures are considered to be insectivores or specialized carnivores. They feast upon insects by moving from one termite or ant mound to another and dismantle the hills with their powerful claws that are shaped like spoons.
Insects are then trapped by the aardvark’s long protractile tongue that can be as long as 30 cm and is covered with thick and sticky saliva. Sometimes the aardvark presses its snout against an opening in the mound and sucks up termites this way. They are creatures that possess a keen sense of smell and also hunt for long columns of termites that move outside of their mounds at night.
Aardvarks are also designed possessing only 10 cheek teeth while lacking incisors and canines, (They have these when they are young but eventually lose them) as well as bristles around its small mouth. What is very interesting is that unlike most creatures, their teeth are not made from enamel such as a human’s teeth are. Instead, the aardvark’s teeth are actually made of a type of cement. Along with cement teeth and keen smelling, they are also very good at hearing which helps them locate their prey such as ants and termites very easily.
These creatures can be found often using their sense of smell and hearing to locate insects and then use their claws to dig into their mounds and get them with their powerful, long, and very sticky tongues. Their claws are spoon shaped, which helps them grasp onto their prey easier.
Aardvarks love to feast upon insects, this is a known fact.