The lowland streaked tenrec lives in Madagascar and grows to be no more than 6
inches or so in length. Feeding mostly on earthworms and other insects, the streaked tenrec protects itself from predators with sharp barbed spines that grow out with its fur.
It is active during day and night, primarily feeding on insects. Most Tenrecs possess a long snout for poking around in the ground to find their food. They are also capable of eating worms and fruits. Some species of Tenrecs live in water and eat small fish and even frogs.
Breeding takes place during October to December and possibly at other times, depending upon local food supply and temperature. The gestation period lasts 58 days, and the female gives birth to usually between 5 and 8 young. The young are weaned at 18 to 25 days.
The streaked tenrec lives in long, shallow burrows which are usually occupied by family groups.