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Elephant Shrew

 

Elephant Shrew is a small, insect-eating mammal which belongs to the group of animals called sengis. They are widely distributed throughout Africa, excluding western Africa and the Sahara region.

There are a total of 19 species of elephant shrew that can be found all over Africa. They have fuzzy fur that can be white, yellowish-brown, grey, brown or black, depending on the species. They can jump like a rabbit, up to 3 feet into the air.

 

Quick Facts: –

  • Elephant Shrew is a terrestrial creature that means it spends its entire life on the ground.
  • These creatures can reach 4 to 12 inches in length and 2 to 18 ounces in weight on average.
  • They are diurnal creatures which mean that they are always active and out hunting for food during the day.
  • They mate for life and generally live in pairs. They occupy a territory of a few acres.
  • Female individuals have a gestation period of around 45 to 60 days and they have 1 or 2 babies at once.
  • These animals have an average lifespan of two to four years. They are able to reproduce at the age of 41 to 46 days
  • They are known as insectivores because they survive on a diet that is solely comprised of insects.
  • They have scent glands under the tail which are used to mark their trails and point out towards the direction of food.
  • They have natural predators in the wild including snakes, lizards, birds of prey and omnivorous mammals.

 

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