In detail

The Russelspringer - Wanted poster


Surname: Brussels skipper
Other names: /
Latin name: Macroscelididae
class: Mammals
size: 10 - 30cm (excluding tail)
mass: 20 - 300g
Older: 1 - 4 years
Appearance: species-dependent (gray, brown or sand-colored fur)
Sexual dimorphism: depending on the species
Nutrition type: Omnivore (omnivor)
food: Ants, berries, beetles, seeds, spiders
distribution: Africa
original origin: Africa
Sleep-wake rhythm: day and night active (depending on the species)
habitat: Savanna, steppe, semi-desert, desert
natural enemies: Barn Owl, snakes
sexual maturity: ?
mating season: possible all year round
gestation: 42 to 70 days
litter size: 1 - 4 cubs
social behavior: usually monogamous couple-bound
Threatened with extinction: No
Further profiles of animals can be found in the Encyclopaedia.

Interesting about Russelspringer

  • The weevil or macroscelididae describe their own order within the mammals, which includes nineteen known species.
  • Within this order, scientists distinguish between the weevil and the proboscis pooch.
  • They are exclusively native to Africa, where they settle depending on the species and the range savannas and steppes, deserts and semi-deserts or forests of different altitudes.
  • The weevilers are considered to be a very old group of animals that has been inhabiting the earth for over thirty million years.
  • Although they are very similar in appearance to shrews, there is no relationship to these rodents.
  • The trunk-springer are with a maximum total length of 58 centimeters (including tail) significantly larger than shrews.
  • Depending on the species, whinquefish are gray, brown or yellowish in color and some species have a reddish coat.
  • Common to all trunk springer is the name giving extended nose, which looks like a small trunk and is very flexible.
  • Russell's jumpers are of compact, rounded physique, have relatively large ears and round button eyes framed by light rings.
  • Duck-billed dippers are active in the daytime, the dusk or the night, depending on the species. In hot regions they retire to sleep during the day.
  • As an omnivore, dippers mainly feed on insects, worms, centipedes and spiders as well as fruits, berries, seeds and various plant juices.
  • A weevil can reach speeds of almost thirty kilometers per hour while running.
  • Males and females join together to form monogamous, mostly lifelong couples, with male promiscuity possible.
  • The mating takes place independently of season.
  • After a relatively long gestation period of up to ten weeks, the female gives birth to up to four blind and only slightly hairy pups, which are only occasionally visited and nursed in a separate cave by the mother.
  • After just three weeks, the young animals become independent, leave their mother's care and found their own territory.
  • Depending on the species, common skipper can reach a life of up to four years in the wild. In captivity they usually become six to nine years old.