Joining up with Marcy over at Ben & Me for “Blogging through the Alphabet” and super excited to do so!
Since our family has a general love and appreciation for all the animals the Lord has created…I am going to attempt to “Blog through the Alphabet” using animals. We started with “A for Alpaca” then we had “B for Bearded Dragon” and “C for Crocodile“, “D for Donkey” and now “E for Elephant Shrew”.
Is this not the cutest thing!? I was searching for an animal to learn about and share and came across this little guy…CUTENESS! So, here is some information about him…
- The elephant shrew is a mammal and is also called the jumping shrew as it hops on its back legs like a rabbit.
- They have an anelongated nose, large ears, and long hind legs.
- They are found exclusively in Africa.
- There are 20 different species of Elephant Shrews with different colors and sizes.
- They eat mainly invertebrates, such as insects, spiders, centipedes, millipedes, and earthworms.
- They make pathways that can be used as “get aways” from predators as they run quickly in the cleared paths.
- They are NOT thought to be related to the other shrews around the world.
- They belong to the Macroscelididae family, in the order Macroscelidea.
- They range in size from 4 – 12 inches.
- Although mostly diurnal and very active, they are difficult to trap and very seldom seen: elephant shrews are wary, well camouflaged, and adept at dashing away from threats.
- Females give birth to litters of one to three young several times a year, after a gestation period varying from 45 to 60 days.
- After 5 days the young are fed mashed insects with the milk, which are collected and transported in the cheek pouches of the female.
I hope you have learned some fun things about the elephant shrew! Come back next week to see what interesting animal we discuss for the letter F!
Here’s praying we all have fun learning!