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Shrew

Latin: Cryptotis parva

Family: Soricideae

Appearance: Shrews are small, mole-like mammals that look a bit like long-nosed mice. Shrews have an elongated snout with dense fur that is usually gray to black. They have small eyes and five clawed toes on each foot.

Habitat: Shrews are terrestrial mammals and live in a wide variety of habitats and most prefer those with plenty of ground cover for protection from predators. Some species of shrews live underground in abandoned burrows. Others live in gardens, tree cavities and even manmade structures like homes.

Diet: A shrew's main food source is insects, but they will also eat earthworms, small slugs and snails especially in damp areas.

Behaviour: Shrews are solitary animals that live and forage alone and only interact with eachother during the mating season. They are extremely territorial and aggressive against other shrews, animals, and people. Females have three or four litters of 5-7 young.

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