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HISPANOLAN SOLENODONSolenodon paradoxus©Eladio M. Fernandez
Solenodons are basically a giant shrew, they are also a venomous, nocturnal, burrowing, insectivorous mammal  belonging to the family Solenodontidae. Only one genus, Solenodon, is  known.
As well as having a poisonous bite a solenodon has glands in the  armpits and in the groin, which give off a goat-like smell. 
They attack with little provocation and grooves in their teeth deliver venomous saliva with the bite. 
Their snout is flexible, it actually has a  ball-and-socket joint at the base to increase its mobility. This allows  the animal to investigate narrow crevices where potential prey may be  hiding. 
Living in tunnels, the solenodon is a slow  mover in open space, a clumsy runner, it cannot walk straight and often stumbles and falls when it runs. 
When pursued,the solenodon, does not flee - instead it stays motionless  and hides its head, so unfortunately, it can be picked up  easily. 
The number of animals that have found  their way to zoos is very small: at the last count in June 1969  10 Haitian solenodons were to be found in 5 zoos throughout the  world.

HISPANOLAN SOLENODON
Solenodon paradoxus
©Eladio M. Fernandez

Solenodons are basically a giant shrew, they are also a venomous, nocturnal, burrowing, insectivorous mammal belonging to the family Solenodontidae. Only one genus, Solenodon, is known.

  • As well as having a poisonous bite a solenodon has glands in the armpits and in the groin, which give off a goat-like smell.
  • They attack with little provocation and grooves in their teeth deliver venomous saliva with the bite.
  • Their snout is flexible, it actually has a ball-and-socket joint at the base to increase its mobility. This allows the animal to investigate narrow crevices where potential prey may be hiding. 
  • Living in tunnels, the solenodon is a slow mover in open space, a clumsy runner, it cannot walk straight and often stumbles and falls when it runs.
  • When pursued,the solenodon, does not flee - instead it stays motionless and hides its head, so unfortunately, it can be picked up easily.
  • The number of animals that have found their way to zoos is very small: at the last count in June 1969 10 Haitian solenodons were to be found in 5 zoos throughout the world.

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