Short-eared elephant shrew
|Short-eared elephant shrew|
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The short-eared elephant shrew (Macroscelides proboscideus), or round-eared sengi or round-eared elephant shrew, is a species of elephant shrew in the Macroscelididae family. It is found in Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland, and hot deserts. They eat insects, shoots, and roots. Their gestation period is 56 days. The short-eared elephant shrew is the only species in its genus (monotypic), but is still grouped with the soft-furred (nongiant) elephant shrews.
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