Today I want to write about the rufous sengi because I like their cute little snouts.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These cute little guys only measure about 5 inches in length, plus a tail that is 5 inches long as well.
- They used to be called rufous elephant shrews, but zoologists now prefer to use the term sengi to describe this family so that they don’t get confused with true shrews.
- The long nose of a rufous sengi is used to sniff out little insects that they can eat. They also have a long tongue that flicks out like an anteater. They use up a lot of energy running around, so they need to eat a lot of insects to survive.
- Rufous sengis live in the African savannah where they clear little trails. They run quickly up and down these paths all day catching small insects. These trails make it easier for them to escape from predators like monitor lizards.
- They are widespread throughout eastern Africa and are not endangered in any way.
I hope that you found these facts interesting.
Are there any interesting facts that you would like to share about rufous sengis?