Hispaniolan solenodon

Solenodon paradoxus

Welcome to my page about Solenodon paradoxus! This incredibly attractive organism is classified as a mammal and fossil evidence shows it existing millions and millions years of ago. It has acquired several adaptations to survive in its habitat. Continue reading to learn more about its nutrition, reproduction, interactions, and other fun facts. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Hispaniolan solenodon on rock

Solenodon paradoxus is commonly referred to as the Hispaniolan solenodon. It is named after the island where it resides, Hispaniola. Its closest living relative is Solenodon cubanus which is found in Cuba. S. paradoxus is seen very rarely and is predicted to become completely extinct in the next 10-20 years due to habitat destruction, predators, a small population size, and several other factors. In the early twentieth century, both species of solenodons were said to be extinct but have since been rediscovered.

 An adult S. paradoxus can weigh up to 2.4 lb and grow to be 15 in (39 cm) in length, not including the tail. It has coarse reddish brown fur with a lighter underside. Size, shape, and coloration do not differentiate between the sexes.

Young Hispaniolan solenodon



S. paradoxus is often blamed in Hispaniola for eating crops and in return they are killed. However, they are most likely searching for insects in the field, and not eating the crops. The Hispaniolan solenodon is a very interesting, unique organism and this webpage is intended to show you just that.

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