Lesser Madagascar Tenrec

 

Class:

Mammalia

Order:

Artiodactyla  

Family:

Suidae

Genus:

Echinops
Species:

Telfairi

Lifespan:

About 5- 10 years, recorded up 20 years 

Gestation:

Approximately 49 days

Number of Young:

Between 1 to 10 young

Size:

Adults will only reach about 7 inches in length

Weight:

About 7 ounces

Reproduction:

Females have a cloaca – a single reproductive, intestinal, and urinary opening, unlike most mammals which have 2 or 3 separate openings
Range: Found in southern and southwestern Madagascar

Habitat:

PPrefer dry areas such as dry forests, scrublands, agricultural areas, dry coastal regions, and semi-desert regions 

Diet: Wild

Insectivores, hunting at night using their phenomenal senses of smell and hearing.  Eats insects and their larvae, eggs, spiders, and occasionally fruit 
Diet: Zoo Specially formulated pellets and live insects.

Description:

Lesser Hedgehog Tenrecs look very similar to hedgehogs, with a fuzzy pale underbelly and a back covered in course brown spines. They are much smaller than hedgehogs, with a more elongated snout.

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Facts:

  • Sometimes called small Madagascar hedgehog tenrecs
  • Were named Echinops telfairi to honor a British naturalist named Charles Telfair Are 24 species of tenrecs – some are adapted for life in trees, on the ground, or in the water
  • Most species of tenrecs live in Madagascar, but some can be found on mainland Africa and the Comoro Islands
  • One difference between tenrecs and hedgehogs is that hedgehogs hiss at potential predators when rolled into a ball, while tenrecs will come out of the ball to bite and attack persistent threats
  • Its closest relatives are the golden moles, but it is actually found in a group called Afrotheria that contains tenrecs, elephants, aardvarks, dewgongs, hyrax, elephants and manatees.