A greater shaymin (Neotenrec pokevus) is a species of tenrec that originally did not exist, but has since been created by SciiFii due to demands for real life Pokémon-like animals from Pokémon fans. However, due to careless pet owners releasing greater shaymins into the wilderness, the shaymins can now be found throughout the rainforests, swamps, forests, open woodlands, and grasslands of Japan, Madagascar, and North America. The greater shaymin belongs to the family Tenrecidae in the order Afrosoricida, and more specifically to the subfamily of the spiny tenrecs Tenrecinae. The greater shaymin is among the largest modern-styled species of the tenrec family, Tenrecidae. It is 26 to 39 cm (10 to 15½ in) in length and weighs up to 2 kilograms (4.4 lb). It not only eats small invertebrates among leaves, but also scavenges and hunts frogs and mice. If threatened, this tenrec will scream, erect its spiny hairs to a crest, jump, buck and bite. It shelters in a nest of grass and leaves under a rock, log or bush by day. It gives birth to a litter of as many as 32 young, with an average litter between 15-20 after a gestation of 50–60 days; when young, they have a black-and-white striped appearance. The conservation status of the greater shaymin is Least Concern due to successful conservation efforts, the greater shaymin's wide range, and its tolerance to most of human activities, including being able to flourish and adapt to life in the cities and suburbs.
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