How to Draw an Elephant Shrew

Elephant shrews, so named thanks to the resemblance of their snouts to the trunks of elephants, are small, curious creatures usually found in the plains of Africa. Expand your knowledge as well as your skillset, as we find out more about these creatures – starting with how to draw them!


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Step-By-Step Images and Instructions

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How to Draw an Elephant Shrew step 1

Start with a black liner, and draw two small circles, one inside the other, just to the left of the middle of your page.


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How to Draw an Elephant Shrew step 2

Then, add another circle just outside the larger one, creating a ring shape.


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Add another circle to the outside, but this time do not close it up at the bottom; instead bring the two sides together and down in a curved line; almost like a tail.


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At the bottom of the “tail”, join the two ends together with another “teardrop” shape.


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From the tip of the teardrop, bring another curved line up, out and over, ending roughly in the center of the original shape. From here, add another small semi-circle to the top.


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Next, add a small shape, topped with a wiggly line – almost like a “tooth”, inside the semicircle. Repeat this shape on the other side, above the original set of circles.


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Now, curve across to the right, and bring it down and a jagged line, creating a series of ”spikes”. At the bottom of the spikes, bring the line across to the left to join the original.


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How to Draw an Elephant Shrew step 8

Now, add another line from the top of the spikes, curving out and cross to the right, and down.


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How to Draw an Elephant Shrew step 9

From the bottom of this line, connect it to the bottom of the “spikes” using a slightly wavy line.


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How to Draw an Elephant Shrew step 10

Now, add four long, thin shapes, like backwards “L” shapes, to the bottom of the body – these are the legs of your elephant shrew.


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How to Draw an Elephant Shrew step 11

Next, give your elephant shrew a long, thin tail, which ends in a sharp point, and curls around beneath the animal.


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Now, add three tiny marks to the ends of each of the feet, to create claws for your elephant shrew – these are an essential part of getting food for these creatures.


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How to Draw an Elephant Shrew step 13

Use a pink pen to add a little color to the ears of your shrew – make the inside sections a little darker than the outside.


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How to Draw an Elephant Shrew step 14

Take a light brown pen, and fill in the main face, as well as the tail – leave the section around the eye white for now.


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How to Draw an Elephant Shrew step 15

Use a darker brown pen to add color to the body and legs of the shrew; try to add texture for the fur by alternating your pressure as you color. Then, add the same brown shade to the stripe on the snout.


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Use a black pen to add color to the eye, leaving the iris white.


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Then, use a black liner to clearly outline the pupil, and to add small, short lines all around the neck of the shrew.


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How to Draw an Elephant Shrew step 18

Take a white liner, and add a series of small, even marks all across the back and main body of the animal.


And in just a few short steps, you have everything you need to bring your own elephant shrew to life – why not celebrate by learning a little more about them?

The term “elephant shrew”, also known as a “sengi” is used to refer to around 20 species of African mammals, roughly the size of a rat, who are named for their long tapered snout – this is said to resemble an elephants trunk.

These curious creatures are active during the day, and have a large ears and eyes. They forage for their food, and this typically consists of small insects, including earthworms, ants and termites.

With very long hind legs and feet, slim bodies and sharp toes, elephant trees are capable of running undoubting when they feel threatened; they can even leap over obstacles in their way!

The smallest known species of elephant shrews weigh between 30 and 280 grams, and have bodies which can be between 9 and 22 centimeters in length. Their tails are typically a little shorter, between 8 and 18 centimeters, but these are still very useful for balancing.

Most elephant shrews have soft dense fur which may be greyish brown or dark brown; interestingly, the cover typically matches the soil in which the elephant shrew lives. Typically, elephant shrews are found in the uplands of southern, eastern, and the extreme North West regions of Africa, where they live in a range of habitats. These include dry forests, scrub and savannah, as well as hidden in burrows in the crevices of rocks, dips in the ground, and even termite mounds! Elephant shrews are typically less well-known than other mammals, but as you can see, these curious creatures have plenty to offer!

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