Lesser Hedgehog Tenrec

Although they may resemble such animals as shrews, hedgehogs, or otters, they are not closely related to any of these groups


Their closest relatives are actually the golden moles of southern Africa.

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

Key Facts

Family:
Tenrecidae
Diet:
Invertebrates, fruit and vegetable matter
Life Span:
6 years
Distribution:
Madagascar
Did you know?
When threatened, these tenrecs curl into a ball, leaving only sharp spines—modified hairs—exposed

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