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Tenrec (Long-Tailed Shrew )

Microgale longicaudata
Tenrec (Long-Tailed Shrew )

Range

They are found on the island of Madagascar.

Habitat

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.

Habits

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

Diet

They eat insects.

Predators

They are eaten by snakes eagles, and fossa.

Reproduction

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 )

Classification

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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