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Related to Orycteropus afer: Tubulidentata
the only living member of the order Tubulidentata. It is a 100 to 150 lb, 5 to 7 ft long animal with a long snout, a massive body, spadelike claws and a short, sparse haircoat. They are gray-brown in color, nocturnal in habit, live in burrows and exist mainly on a diet of ants. Called also earth pig, Orycteropus afer.