Four-toed elephant shrew found!

The four –toed elephant shrew (Petrodromus tetradactylus) is a brown, rat-sized elephant shrew with a large head and ears its legs are light coloured and very slender with only four toes. This particular shrew is found distributed throughout SE and central Africa found primarily in dense evergreen undergrowth in caesalpinoid forests, woodlands and thickets. It feeds mainly on ants and termites but is also known to eat crickets, grasshoppers and other litter invertebrates therefore relying on a rich leaf litter composition for food and nesting. Like many small forest mammals it is most active in early morning and evening. Last week GVI volunteers found a dead four-toed shrew in the coastal forests surrounding Shimoni and have been working to preserve the skin as record.

Skin of four-toed elephant shrew

Skin of four-toed elephant shrew

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One comment on “Four-toed elephant shrew found!

  1. awesome find!! good work chaps

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