Listen to the Locals
Find out what the locals have to say on all things Seychelles.
Err... what is a Tenrec? Well, it's basically a cute little hedgehog, that the locals call "tang". In the wild the tenrec diet consists of fallen fruit, worms, grubs and small reptiles and amphibians. They will also eat snails, centipedes and baby rats, so are helpful in gardens. Adult tenrecs of the species here, the Common or Tailless Tenrec, can be anywhere between 26 to 39 cm in length and weigh 1.5 to 2.5 kg. Females can have up to 32 babies in one littler, although the average is between 10 and 20.
The big friendly shell-dwellers play a big role in the Seychelles. They can live up to 120 years and are seen all over the islands, even walking down the road, much to our children's delight. Apparently they enjoy to be stroked on their head or under their chin, but not on the lines of their shell, as these are nerves. Males have bumpy shells and longer tails and females smoother shells and longer nails.