ALMIQUI FOSSIL VIVO SOLENODON
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Land Animals of Cuba
Cuban Solenodon (Solenodon cunbanus) The Solenodon is endangered and was once thought to be extinct. This species is an insectivore and feeds mostly on insects and spiders. The Cuban Solenodon is found mostly in forests and thick shrub habitats. This is a nocturnal species, spending the day hiding under rocks or in trees.
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The strange solenodon is a mammal found primarily in Cuba and Hispanola. Sure, it looks cute and manageable enough – sort of like an over-sized hedgehog. However the solenodon injects rattlesnake-like venom through its teeth, the only mammal to do so. Easily annoyed, the solenodon bites at the drop of a banana leaf. Still, being both a carrion feeder and insectivore, it is a vital species in its ecosystem. It was thought to be extinct until scientists found a few still alive in 2003.