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SHREW

 

Other Names:  Water Shrew, Pygmy Shrew, Common Shrew

 

A shrew is about the same size as a mouse or a vole and can be recognized it by its long pointy nose and very sharp teeth.  Ounce for ounce, a shrew is the most voracious animal on the planet.  It hunts constantly, eating animals five times larger than itself. It will even go after birds at feeders and attack family pets.

 

 

 

Facts

Description   |   Reproduction   |   Diet   |   Habitat

 

Description of the Shrew

 

Scientific Name:

Soricidae

Color:

Dusty gray

Weight:

½-1 ounce

Length:

3-4 inches

Tail Length:

As long as body – up to 4 inches

Body:

Small head & slender body; elongated snout

Ears:

Furry & do not stick out much above the hair on the head

Eyes:

Relatively large eyes

Lifespan:

1-2 years

Droppings:

¼ inch long; corkscrew shaped; dark color

 

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Reproduction of the Shrew

 

Litter Size:

4-6 pups per litter

No. of Litters:

3-4 litters per year

Sexual Maturity:

3 months

Gestation Period:

21 days

Breeding Season:

Outdoors: Spring & Fall; Shrews are solitary except when breeding

 

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Diet of the Shrew

 

Daily Amount:

1/2 ounce; can eat an amount equal to its weight in 24 hours Shrews Rodent Library - Beetles - Shrew Food - Victor Shrew Control

Daily Water:

Utilizes moisture in food

Daily Food:

Insects, beetles, spiders, meats, birds, mice, snakes

 

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Habitat of the Shrew

 

Geography:

Different shrew species are located all over North America

Nest Location:

Outdoor burrows near low-lying shrubbery; globular nests made of shredded leaves

Home Range:

Up to 1.5 acres

Active Periods:

More active at night than during the day

 

 

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