The elephant rat is a small-sized rodent with a range that covers the world. It typically lives in urban environments and is usually found searching for food in old, run-down areas, such as prisons.
The elephant rat is a small-sized rodent, covered with a coat of coarse, dark brown fur. It has a pink tail and white markings around its eyes alongside triangular and erect ears. However, its most striking feature is its long proboscis (nose), which it uses to search for food. Though it moves on all fours, it is capable of rearing up on its hind legs and using its forelegs to grasp food.
The elephant rat is a hybrid of two animals, the elephant and rat, though it also bears a resemblance to the elephant shrew. Its size, body, and behavior are reminiscent of a rat, but its trunk is similar to that of an elephant.