Jun 7, 2008

Elephant Shrew

The elephant shrew is neither an elephant nor a shrew. They can be found in almost any environment in southern Africa, scampering about and probing with their noses in an effort to feed their insectivorous diet.

Are these legal to own in the US? I could use a few around my property. They could hunt down the crickets and spiders that plague me. I normally don't encourage rodents to take up residence around my house, but who couldn't use some more insect-eating creatures (spiders excluded)?

Thanks for the photo, Ida.

Photo source: Sharenator

13 comments:

Annica said...

Cute!!!

*sorry* :)

booge said...

YouTube clip of the Elephant Shrew in action, narrated by David Attenborough.

Alx Black said...

Definitely not ugly. A bit strange looking, but not ugly.

Peanut said...

I think eets adorababable. D;

Paco said...

It's not a rodent anyway, but still the epitome of ugly-cute. You should see them live, their snouts flex up to 30 degrees or so as they sniff their way through leaf litter for bugs.

Ameri said...

Aww, I don't think that thing's ugly at all!

jenjen said...

It kind of looks like someone went crazy with the warp in photoshop - pullllled that nose out. The video booge linked is great - especially the baby with his little nose bobbing up and down like rubber. Too cute.

Sarah said...

Awww I think they look really cute!

Bird said...

Oooooooooh! Shureley shome mishtake - elephant shrews are super cute! No ugly here at all!

amandzing.wordpress.com said...

i live in south africa, its considered good luck to have one in your hoe, well, i think it is anyway :)

they are so cute, and eat cockroaches and bugs and are not scared of humans and are really cute did i say they very cute?

octochan said...

hey, isn't that The Sneak?

snooze said...

ermmm... "ugly"?? Elephant shrews are among the most beautiful animals. Get new glasses...

Raging Wombat said...

Wow, snooze. I've posted 1,500 photos on this blog, and you've found 1 to take umbrage with. Well done. In the mean time, I'll be happy with my .999 batting average.