Checked elephant shrews (Rhynchocyon cirnei) will grow to be around 25 - 30 centimeters long, excluding their tail, making them one of the longest elephant shrews. Their average tail length is slightly over 25 centimeters, which is slightly shorter than their body length. They commonly way around half a kilogram (1.1 pounds), but will sometimes grow to be about 0.7 kilogram (1.5 pounds). Their coat is usually a light to medium brown, but it can range from beige to dark brown. Their back contains alternating chestnut and lighter colors, creating a "checkered" pattern. Checkered elephant shrews also contain stripes on the sides of their body, which have a darker color than most of their body.