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 Post subject: Elephant Shrew, Four-toed (Petrodromus tetradactylus)
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Four-toed Elephant Shrew (Petrodromus tetradactylus)

Classification:
Order: Macroscelidea
Family: Macroscelididae
Genus: Petrodromus
Species: P. tetradactylus

Other names:
English: Four-toed Sengi
Afrikaans: Bosklaasneus

The Four-toed Elephant Shrew is the largest Elphant Shrew that occurs in southern Africa. They are easily identified by their large size, white ring around the eyes and a broad brown stripe through the eyes.

They live in burrows in a variety of habitats, including dry rocky areas, but prefers thick undergrowth, using habitual pathways with regularly spaced 'landing pads' of cleared, bare earth. Their primary food source is ants and termites.

These two were photographed in the Pafuri Camp in the Makuleke concession.
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 Post subject: Re: Elephant Shrew, Four-toed (Petrodromus tetradactylus)
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Saw this one in Grootkolk,KTP!
October 09,before 6 o'clock in the morning!

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 Post subject: Re: Elephant Shrew, Four-toed (Petrodromus tetradactylus)
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Beatiful pic and excellent find Ingrid but that is not a Four-toed Elephant Shrew. I believe that would be a Short-eared Elephant Shrew (Macroscelides proboscideus).

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 Post subject: Re: Elephant Shrew, Four-toed (Petrodromus tetradactylus)
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Thank you deefstes!!

Had also a look at Wikipedia!!

Your ID is correct! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Elephant Shrew, Four-toed (Petrodromus tetradactylus)
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Shrews or “klaasneuse” are such interesting animals. Is it possible to see them in Kruger or are they not regularly seen? Never seen one in the wild, only on pictures. Would love to see one.

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 Post subject: Re: Elephant Shrew, Four-toed (Petrodromus tetradactylus)
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Grantmissy wrote:
Shrews or “klaasneuse” are such interesting animals. Is it possible to see them in Kruger or are they not regularly seen? Never seen one in the wild, only on pictures. Would love to see one.

There are three species of Elephant Shrew that occur in KNP but they certainly aren't seen very regularly. I've seen both Four-toed Elephant Shrew and Rock Elephant Shrew and then Short-snouted Elephant Shrew supposedly also occur in KNP but I have yet to see one.

The problem is that Elpehant Shrews are very fast runners and very skittish. Most species clean out fairly extensive pathways in the underscrub which they patrol for insects. It also provides them with an obstacle free escape route at the slightest hint of danger (such as the noise of an approaching vehicle).

Just as a matter of interest, not all Shrews are called "Klaasneuse" in Afrikaans, only the Elephant Shrews. There are also Musk Shrews (Skeerbekke), Forest Shrews (Bosskeerbekke), Dwarf Shrews (Dwergskeerbekke) and a Climbing Shrew (Klimskeerbek). Five species of Musk Shrew and one species of Dwarf Shrew occur in KNP but I have never seen any. These other shrews are very different from Elephant Shrews and perhaps even harder to see.

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 Post subject: Re: Elephant Shrew, Four-toed (Petrodromus tetradactylus)
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Deefstes thank you for sharing your knowledge. It is sooo interesting! Very glad that you did have sightings of them. It seems that we will have to be very alert and drive very slowly to have the slightest chance to see one.

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 Post subject: Re: Elephant Shrew, Four-toed (Petrodromus tetradactylus)
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Grantmissy wrote:
It seems that we will have to be very alert and drive very slowly to have the slightest chance to see one.

One thing I forgot to mention was that it seemed to me that the Four-toed Elephant Shrew (the ones of which I posted the photographs above) was quite common at Pafuri Camp in the Makuleke concession up north. I've been there only twice but I've seen them on both occasions and they were obliging enough on both occasions to allow me to take pictures.

I should think that a two or three night stay at Pafuri Camp would be as near a guarantee as you'd ever have for seeing these awesome little critters.

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