Etruscan Shrew

The Etruscan Shrew (Suncus etruscus), also known as the Etruscan Pygmy Shrew or the White-toothed Pygmy Shrew, is a very small mammal that inhabits forests and brush areas between Southern Asia and Southern Europe. The Etruscan Shrew has a life span of about 15 months.

It is the smallest known mammal by mass, weighing less than a tenth of an ounce. The only mammal smaller in skull size is the Bumblebee Bat. The smallest mature specimens of this shrew are thought to weigh only 0.045 ounces and measure 1.42 inches long, not including the tail. The tail is about 1.55 inches long. This shrew is a forager and feeds mainly on insects.