Black and rufous elephant shrew

Can have six or seven nests within the home range for different purposes, such as sleeping, caring for the young, and avoiding predators

Joey Makalintal

Black and rufous elephant shrew has an eye-catching coat that is reddish-brown on the half front and black on the half back. They possess a long proboscis that can be used to turn over leaves and dig beetles up. Then, they use their long tongue to scoop the bug up. Their hindlimbs are longer than their forelimbs, enabling them to move faster to avoid being caught by a predator.

Males have a gland on the underside of their tail to produce a powerful fragrance used to identify territories. Termites and ants occupy a large portion of their diet, but they eat almost anything they can find on the forest floor.


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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No