Welcome to my lesser tenrec for sale page, please read on to learn some useful lesser tenrec facts.
Fully grown lesser tenrecs are very rare and in high demand. They are a lot smaller in size than pygmy hedgehogs so stay super cute and a lesser tenrec lifespan can be up to twice as long. They are also extremely friendly and the great news is I am now breeding lesser tenrecs and so have lesser tenrecs for sale for sale £149.99
What Are Lesser Tenrec Hedgehogs?
Although they might look very similar in appearance to hedgehogs, lesser tenrecs are actually not related.
African hedgehogs and both the greater and lesser tenrecs of Madagascar (setifer setosus and echinops telfairi, respectively) are quite similar in appearance. All are small, spiny, insectivorous mammals. They are all nocturnal, they are not the same animal, nor are they all that similar genetically.
tenrecs are members of the order Insectivora, along with shrews, moles, moonrats and colugos
Tenrecs, is a family of mammals endemic to Magagascar and parts of Africa, they are similar in appearance to the hedgehog, but with some with some differences. They measure from 5 – 6.8 inches and typically weigh around 200g. They have a good lifespan at between 7-10 years.
Lesser Tenrec Care
Though similar to Pygmy Hedgehogs the are some differences in lesser tenrec care that I will go into now as they are important to know if you are going to have have any lesser tenrec as pets – Unlike African Pygmy Hedgehogs, lesser tenrecs can be housed together, although you should only have one male per cage which is important to remember if breeding lesser tenrecs. 3ft is plenty for a pair of these.
They benefit from a more arboreal habitat than hedgehogs, being excellent climbers. Branches, cork tubes and stumps make excellent additions to their setup. They must have a hide to sleep in during the day.
A lesser tenrec cage should be kept around 72 degrees a heat source such as an overhead heat lamp or ceramics. If they do not have enough heat that over the cooler months they may enter a state known as brumation. This differs from hibernation as there our different metabolic process involved. Whilst in this state they will eat very little and once out of brumation they will eat extra to offset this.
Tenrecs can be housed just like hedgehogs and, since they too are insectivores, they can be fed a similar diet, a lesser tenrec diet can include items such as crickets, earthworms, locusts, mealworms and waxworms are good lesser tenrec foods. A pinch of a calcium supplement should be added to live-food, they can also eat dry cat food. Keep in mind that the kibbles need to be small enough for them to manage, as they are smaller animals, and high in fat and protein.
It is in their response to threats from predators, however, that Tenrecs display some rather un-hedgehog like behavior. At first a Tenrec will roll into a ball and raise its spines. Some species even engage in a practice known as stridulation – the vibrating of the spines to produce a rasping sound. They do not, however, click, hiss or jump as hedgehogs do.
Lesser tenrecs can make very nice pets and, since they do not click and hiss when frightened, are a less intimidating animal.
Once again, a comparison to hedgehogs can be made concerning captive lesser tenrec breeding. The males and females can be put together for breeding around the end of March, not long after they have come out of their near-dormant state and have become more active. Once together, the tenrec male will attempt to mount the female almost immediately. The female will very often resist vigorously but a male tenrec is determined and will even grab hold of the females’ shoulder spines with his teeth to keep her from escaping. There is rarely any injury to either party, though. The two should be left together for 7-10 days, after which the female is given her own cage and nest box. the gestation period is between 51 and 58 days in length.
Once the lesser tenrec babies are born, the female must be left alone or she may eat them. Despite this immediate threat during the first week after giving birth, tenrec females make excellent mothers and will usually raise all babies to the point of weaning with little or no trouble whatsoever. The young weigh only about one-quarter of an ounce at birth but develop quickly and become independent in about one month.
Due to the high demand of lesser tenrecs for sale,please contact me for availability.