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Aardvarks dig three kinds of burrows. One type is long and straight. It is a tunnel with several ways in and out. A second type is just for sleeping. It is called a camping hole. The third type has multiple rooms. Aardvark mothers use this burrow while raising their young.

When aardvarks leave their burrows behind, other animals move in. Squirrels, hedgehogs, rabbits, wild pigs, snakes, and owls are some of the animals that benefit from aardvark burrows. They use burrows to rest, live in, or hide from predators.

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Making Connections


Would you want to see an aardvark up close? Why or why not?


Have you read another book about an animal that lives in a burrow? How is that animal similar to or different from an aardvark?


Aardvarks rely on their senses of smell and hearing to get around. What would life be like if you used only your nose and ears to learn about your surroundings?

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