Tubulidentata are small, burrowing mammals found in Africa and Asia. They have a cylindrical body shape, long snouts, and long, thin legs. They have a thick, leathery skin and a sparse covering of hair. They live in dry, sandy habitats and feed on ants and termites. Their lifespan is up to 20 years and their current population is estimated to be around 2 million.
Name Origin: The name Tubulidentata is derived from the Latin words "tubulus" meaning "small tube" and "dens" meaning "tooth". This is in reference to the unique tooth structure of the animals in this order, which are characterized by having tooth tubes instead of the more typical crowns and roots.
Related Species: Orycteropus afer, Orycteropus gaudryi, Orycteropus mackilligini