Greater Hedgehog Tenrec

Setifer setosus

Order: Afrosoricida

Husbandry Information

Housing Requirements

Diet Requirements

Veterinary Concerns

Notes on Enrichment & Training


Colony or Breeding Management

Notes species is housed or managed socially or for breeding purposes.

Individual Identification

Dimorphism or practiced ways to individually mark species (such as those in colonies, like giant millipedes).

Programmatic Information


Temperature Guidelines



Tips on Presentation

Touching Techniques

Tips on Handling


Potential Messaging

Acquisition Information


Comments from the Rating System

  • Houston Zoo: Very deep seasonal torpor, so off handling for several months in the winter.
  • National Zoo: Can be nippy, especially during breeding season. Easily touchable by small groups while in torpor.
  • Toledo Zoo: I have dealt with animals that bite a lot.

Natural History Information

Range and Habitat


Physical Description


Life Cycle




Threats and Conservation Status


Did you know…




Any Documents to attach, species spotlights, etc.

Contributors and Citations

  • Houston Zoo, Natural Encounters

Top Photo: By Tom Junek (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0  ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons