Meet the Tenrecs
Tenrecidae = The Tenrec Family
These small mammals live only on the African mainland and the island of Madagascar.
The 34 species of tenrec range in size from a body length of less than two inches — to over fifteen inches long!
Some tenrecs look like shrews, others like otters or even little pigs!
Tenrecs can live a life in the trees, other species on the forest floor, and others in the water.
One species of tenrec, the lesser hedgehog tenrec, is sometimes kept as a family pet.
They are also being bred for use in biomedical laboratory studies.
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