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Checkered Elephant Shrew
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Information
Common Name Checkered Sengi
Range Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and possibly Central African Republic.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Macroscelidea
Family Macroscelididae
Genus Rhynchocyon
Species Rhynchocyon cirnei
Conservation Status
NTSpecies
Near Threatened

The Checkered elephant shrew or checkered sengi (Rhynchocyon cirnei), is a species of elephant shrew in the Macroscelididae family.

Distribution and Habitat[]

It is found in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and possibly Central African Republic. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, and subtropical or tropical dry shrubland. It is threatened by habitat loss.

Behavior[]

Checkered elephant shrews will mate for life. The pair of them will defend a territory of a few acres.

Diet[]

The checkered elephant shrew is primarily an insectivore, eating termites, ants, beetles and centipedes. It also will eat mollusks, eggs and small mammals, amphibians and birds.

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