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Solenodon, a mammal that somewhat resembles a shrew. There are only two species�one found in Cuba, the other on Hispaniola. Solenodons range in length from about 11 to 12 1/2 inches (28 to 32 cm) not including the tail, which can be from about 7 to 9 inches (18 to 23 cm) long. Solenodons have long, pointed snouts and sharply clawed feet. Their coarse fur is blackish or brownish with lighter markings. The tail and feet are nearly hairless. Solenodons live in forests and bushy areas where they are active mainly at night. They feed on small animals and on fruit and vegetables. They shelter in burrows, caves, hollow trees, and logs.


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