Lesser Madagascar hedgehog tenrec

Latin Name
Echinops telfairi

Class
Mammals

Order
Afrosoricida

Description

Small, stubby animals with short tails, lesser Madagascar hedgehog tenrecs' backs are covered in sharp spines. While most are buff colored, some are lighter or nearly black in color. They grow to about a half-foot in length, weighing only about seven ounces.


 

Range

Southern Madagascar


Status

Threatened in the wild due to habitat loss.


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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