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Lesser Hedgehog Tenrecs

Although they may resemble such animals as shrews, hedgehogs, or otters, they are not closely related to any of these groups, their closest relatives being the golden moles of southern Africa.

Most species are nocturnal and have poor eyesight. Their other senses are well developed, however, and they have especially sensitive whiskers. Tenrecs have a gestation period of from 50 to 64 days, and give birth to a number of relatively undeveloped young.

DID YOU KNOW? When threatened, these tenrecs curl into a ball, leaving only sharp spines—modified hairs—exposed.

Current Status

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Invertebrates, fruit and vegetable matter.
Tenrecidae
6 years
Least Concern
Madagascar
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