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Tenrec (Long-Tailed Shrew )

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Microgale longicaudata
Tenrec (Long-Tailed Shrew )


They are found on the island of Madagascar.


They live in dense forests.

Body Traits

They can be up to 9 inches (23 cm) long with 4 inches being the tail. They weigh only half an ounce. They have bristly fur and a long tail that can grasp (prehensile). They have long feet and toes to help in climbing. They have a long pointed nose.


They live up in the trees (arboreal). They are active at night (nocturnal).


They eat insects.


They are eaten by snakes eagles, and fossa.

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They are pregnant for about 2 months (gestation) and have 2 babies.

Lifespan and/or Conservation Status

Unknown lifespan. They are listed as Lower Risk - least concern.

Tenrec (Long-Tailed Shrew )


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Afrosoricida
Suborder: Tenrecomorpha
Family: Tenrecidae
Subfamily: Oryzorictinae
Genus: Microgale
Species: Microgale longicaudata

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