A forest-dwelling mammal with a long flexible snout and a stiff muscular tail, occurring only in Cuba and Hispaniola.
- Family Solenodontidae and genus Solenodon: two species.
- In addition to the solenodon, the only mammals that use venom today are the North American short-tailed shrew, the Eurasian water shrew, and the Australian duck-billed platypus.
- The main prey of solenodons is animals (including insects), but they sometimes eat plant material as well.
- Both species (Solenodon paradoxus and Solenodon cubanus) of the solenodon of the West Indies also are poisonous.
Modern Latin, from Greek sōlēn 'channel, pipe' + odō (variant of odous, odont-) 'tooth'.
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