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Lowland streaked tenrec
Distribution and habitat[edit source | edit]
It is found in tropical lowland rain forest, in the northern and eastern parts of Madagascar.
Description[edit source | edit]
Physical appearance[edit source | edit]
It is a small animal, with a long snout and limbs, and a vestigal tail. Pelage black with yellow longitudinal stripes dorsally, light beneath; scattered quills, some barbed and detachable.
Length and weight[edit source | edit]
The head and body are 4.8-6.5 inches in length. The weight is about 7 ounces.
Behavior[edit source | edit]
Diet[edit source | edit]
It is active during day and night, feeding primarily upon earthworms, but also on insects.
Reproduction[edit source | edit]
Breeding happens through October to December and possibly other times, depending upon local food supply and temperature. The gestation period lasts 58 days, and the female gives birth to usually between 5 and 8 young. The young are weaned at 18 to 25 days.
Shelter[edit source | edit]
The streaked tenrec lives in long, shallow burrows and usually occupied by family groups.
Spines as tools[edit source | edit]
If threatened by a predator (most commonly a fossa or mongoose), a streaked tenrec erects the barbed quills on its back and on the crest around its head, pointing them completely forward, and drives them in to the attacker's nose or paws with body and head movements. The nonbarbed quills are clustered in the middle of the back, and produce a faint chattering sound when vibrated, and are used to communicate within family groups.
Sound[edit source | edit]
References[edit source | edit]
Simon and Schuster's Guide to Mammals
- Afrotheria Specialist Group (Tenrec Section), Jenkins, P. & Goodman, S. (2008). Hemicentetes semispinosus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 29 December 2008.
- World’s loudest animal is recorded for the time
- Bizarre mammals filmed calling using their quills and spiders