25 strangest creatures on Earth that you probably don't know

23. Lowland Streaked Tenrec


Found in Madagascar, Africa. This small tenrec is the only mammal known to use stridulation for generating sound - something that’s usually associated with snakes and insects.

Fun facts:

  • Tenrecs are odd-looking creatures that look like a cross between a shrew and a hedgehog having a bad hair day, don’t you think?
  • The lowland streaked tenrec has a long snout and limbs, and a vestigial tail. The hair, or fur, is black with yellow stripes that run down the side of the body, and a yellowish band running from the crown to the tip of the snout.
  • It has a messy assemblage of quills which are barbed and detachable.
  • The head and body are 4.8 to 6.5 inches (12.2 to16.5 cm) in length. The weight is about 7 ounces (200 grams).
  • The streaked tenrec is active during day and night, feeding primarily upon earthworms, but also on insects.

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