Red forest rat
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Curious Red Forest Rats often investigate quiet visitors. Diurnal and common in some rainforests, they are the only rodents among Madagascarís 11 endemic species that are likely to be seen.
Considered to be among the most primitive of placental mammals, the tenrecs (Tenrecidae, Insectivora - not illustrated here) were probably the first mammals to arrive in Madagascar. Except for the African otter-shrews, this family occurs only in Madagascar. Tenrecs are impressively diverse with species similar to moles, shrews and hedgehogs in both form and habits.
·Red forest rat