Echinops telfairi (Lesser Hedgehog Tenrec)

Tenrec Behaviour

Unlike the much larger African Pygmy Hedgehogs, Tenrecs do not often ball up Their spikes are less prominant than hedgehogs and they are generally not as noisy, though they do make a huffing sound when distressed.

With regular handling, your Tenrecs can become very happy being handled. They very rarely bite and are very confident animals. They do not move especially fast, so are easy to handle whilst walking around. Some keepers like to have them in a pocket or a bonding pouch as they do their normal daily routine.

Tenrecs naturally will be more sleepy during the day, as they are nocturnal animals. They swiftly get used to a feeding routine and will charge eagerly towards you at feeding time, especially if you are offering a particular favourite!