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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Insectivora
Family:Tenrecidae
Genus:Tenrec
Genus species:Tenrec ecaudatus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:27-39 cm
Weight:1-2 kg
Identification:The tailless tenrec has stiff hairs and spines of various shades of brown.
Habitat:Brushlands, dry forest clearings, highland plateaus
Diet:Omnivore: insects, worms, fruit, roots
Reproduction:Early October is the mating period for tailless tenrecs. The gestation period is 56-64 days long. Although the female may have as many as 25 offspring at once, only 16 will survive.
Tenrecs are solitary.
Behavior:These nocturnal creatures will hibernate during the dry season. If threatened, a tenrec will erect the ridge of long hair along its back.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Reproduction in the common tenrecs is quite remarkable. They are one of the most prolific eutherian mammals. No less than 32 embryos have been recorded in captivity, of which 31 have been successfully reared. In the wild, litter sizes of 12-16 is normal. The mother feeds them from 12 pairs of nipples, the most recorded in any mammal.

Other Information

Geographic:Madagascar Date:1981-10 Subjects:Tailless tenrec
insectivore
Tenrec ecaudatus
Tenrec (Genus)
Tenrecs
Afrosoricida
Afrotherians
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata