Checkered Sengi

Checkered Elephant Shrew

The Checkered Elephant Shrew or Checkered Sengi (Rhynchocyon cirnei) is a species of elephant shrew in the Macroscelididae family.

Range and habitat

It is found in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and possibly Central African Republic. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montanes, and subtropical or tropical dry shrubland. It is threatened by habitat loss.


Checkered Elephant shrews will mate for life. The pair will defend a territory of a few acres.


The Checkered elephant shrew is primarily an insectivore, eating termites, ants, beetles and centipedes. It also will eat mollusks, eggs and small mammals, amphibians and birds.


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