Aardwolf image. This nocturnal carnivore looks like a miniature Striped Hyena, being slender with long limbs and neck. It has a long mane and is red-brown with brown vertical stripes on the torso and horizontal black ones on the upper legs; the underparts are lighter in colour. Due to their diet of particular termites, which they scoff up with their broad, sticky tongue, they prefer open, overgrazed grassland. Other insects and small vertebrates are also taken. Aardwolves live in pairs, but forage- and mostly sleep- alone, although the female offspring may stay in the mother's den.

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