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Lesser Madagascar Hedgehog Tenrec Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Echinops telfairi
  • Class

    Mammals
  • Order

    Afrosoricida
  • Range

    Southern Madagascar

  • Habitat

    Both terrestrial (ground-dwelling) and arboreal (tree-dwelling), this species occupies savannas, forests and brush areas.

  • Niche

    This tenrec primarily eats insects, though it also gobbles fruit.

  • Life History

    Litters of as many as ten are delivered. These offspring become independent after about a month. Solitary creatures, tenrecs feed mainly at night. When food is scarce in winter, lesser Madagascar hedgehog tenrecs hibernate.

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