Unlike most other ant- or termite-eating mammals, which have to dig to access their prey, the aardwolf licks termites from the soil surface using its broad, sticky tongue.

The aardwolf’s tongue is covered in large, conical papillae, and the large submaxillary glands produce copious amounts of sticky saliva.

Sources: (Koehler & Richardson, 1990; Kruuk & Sands, 1972; Richardson, 1985; Richardson, 1987c; Skinner & Smithers, 1990)
Image: Tambako the Jaguar



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