How to Draw a Lowland Streaked Tenrec

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Lowland Streaked Tenrec in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Lowland Streaked Tenrec.

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How to Draw a Lowland Streaked Tenrec - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: The first step is to draw the tenrec’s long, narrow head.

Step 2: The next step is to draw the face and the quills around its face. Put a small line for the mouth, a circle for the eye, and a ‘n’ shape for the ear. The tenrec has yellow quills around its head, so make sure they look sharp!

Step 3: Next, we are going to draw that body that is surrounded by yellow and black quills. Leave space in the body for its legs.

Step 4: Now, we are going to draw the front legs. The tenrec is walking so the front paw is curved and the back paw has four sharp claws.

Step 5: The last step is the hind legs. Draw one forward and one back, both have four claws.

Interesting Facts about the Lowland Streaked Tenrec

The lowland streaked tenrec is endemic to eastern Madagascar. It is found in lowland and mid-altitude rainforests and scrublands. The lowland streaked tenrec is a small mammal. It looks like a mix of a shrew and a hedgehog; it has a pointed snout and spines in the midst of their fur. The lowland streaked tenrec grows from 16 to 19 centimeters and weighs 90 to 220 grams. At birth, lowland streaked tenrecs weigh an average of 8 grams. This animal is active during the daytime and at nighttime. They forage along the ground for earthworms and other invertebrates. Their long snouts help them explore small spaces.

Did you know?

  • The lowland streaked tenrec is the only tenrec species to form groups. Groups can number up to 20 individuals.
  • Females give birth to between two and eleven young each season.
  • Lowland streaked tenrecs will raise their spines if threatened.
  • Habitat loss is a threat to the lowland streaked tenrec.
  • The average lifespan of the lowland streaked tenrec in the wild is 2.7 years.

Lesson plan note: Draw a large picture of the lowland streaked tenrec. Make copies and distribute to each child. Have the children use markers, crayons, or colored pencils to color their animal. Write the name of each child on the back of their tenrec. Then, hang each lowland streaked tenrec on the bulletin board for everyone to see.