Geogale – Large-eared tenrec

Has extremely sensitive auditory senses that are capable of locating prey that is as small as a termite

Large-eared tenrec has large projecting ears, as their common name suggests. They are one of the smallest extant tenrecs. Their coat is short and soft with greyish-brown or reddish-brown on the upper side and buffish-white on the underside. The tail is covered with long and hairy fur. Even though they are nocturnal, they have bad eyesight; they depend on their auditory and olfactory senses.

They have a low metabolic rate and are heterothermic, so their body temperature fluctuates with the external environment. These tenrecs enter a torpid state, decreasing the physiological activity during the day’s heat. They prey exclusively on arthropods, with termites being their favorite.