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Most types of solenodon are already extinct and there are only a few animals left of the remaining types. There’s the Cuban solenodon and the Hispaniolan solenodon. These animals look like big shrews, and have thick, scaly tails and powerful claws. They’re only found on Cuba and Haiti, where they mostly live alone in the forests. Their venom is produced in their saliva glands and is injected into their prey through channels in their bottom canines. Solenodons grow to up to 15 in (39 cm) tall and up to 2 lb (1 kg) in weight. They’re red-brown to black in color and live off insects, worms and lizards.

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