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Hispaniolan solenodon (Solenodon paradoxus)

The Hispaniolan solenodon is a solenodon found only on Hispaniola, the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The Hispaniolan solenodon looks much like an oversized shrew. Head-and-body length is 28–33 cm (11–13 in) and the tail is about 25 cm. The Hispaniolan solenodon is nocturnal, a consequence of which is its highly developed senses of hearing, smell and touch. Its is one of the few venomous mammals, having venomous saliva. Hispaniolan solenodons eat a wide variety of animals, including arthropods, worms, snails and small reptiles; they may also feed on roots, fruits and foliage. They probe the earth with their snouts and dig or rip open rotten logs with their claws. It t is a slow, clumsy runner. Since it´s classified as “Endangered" by the IUCN, the species is fully protected by law.

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