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2009-01-09 13:10:00

Researchers have released new footage of one of the world's rarest mammals "“ a giant shrew-like creature that packs a venomous bite.Discovered in the Caribbean, the Hispaniolan solenodon resembles a large shrew with a long thin snout. The insect-eating mammal can be found only in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, researchers say. "My colleagues were excited and thrilled when they found it in the trap," said Dr Richard Young, from Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust."But despite a...

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2008-04-28 13:15:48

Dave Tosh, from the School of Biological Sciences at Queens University, found the greater white-toothed shrew in Tipperary and Limerick while working with University College Cork and BirdWatch Ireland. Its natural range is in parts of Africa, France and Germany and before now the closest it has been spotted to Ireland is in the Channel Islands.As part of his PhD, Dave was studying the diet of the Barn Owl in Ireland. Last winter John Lusby, Barn Owl Research Officer from Bird Watch Ireland,...

2008-02-13 09:03:44

Furry mammals called water shrews are frighteningly efficient hunters despite their mini-mouse size, able to hunt prey day and night equally well. New high-speed videos show the water shrew relies on water movement, prey shape and smell to nab fish in the blink of an eye at night. Weighing in at just a half-ounce (15 grams), the American water shrew (Sorex palustris) is considered one of the smallest diving mammals. And with such a high metabolism, the water shrew must eat more...

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2008-02-07 16:00:00

Shrews are tiny mammals that have been widely characterized as simple and primitive. This traditional view is challenged by a new study of the hunting methods of an aquatic member of the species, the water shrew. It reveals remarkably sophisticated methods for detecting prey that allow it to catch small fish and aquatic insects as readily in the dark as in daylight. It is a skill set that the water shrew really needs. About half the size of a mouse, water shrews have such a high metabolism...

2008-02-01 10:39:48

Sporting a trunk-like nose and a jet-black rump, a new species of a bizarre furry mammal was caught on film as it scuttled along a forest floor in Tanzania. Researchers first sighted the elephant-shrew (Rhynchocyon udzungwensis) in 2005, but not until recently did they confirm the animal as a new species of giant sengi. They filmed the cat-size creature in March 2006 as it twitched its slender snout while searching for insect snacks in the Ndundulu Forest in Tanzania. But what...

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2008-02-01 10:25:00

Although it has become a rare occurrence in the modern time, scientists recently reported the discovery of a new species of mammal in the Journal of Zoology.The Rhynochocyon udzungwensis was recently found in Tanzania. The creature is a type of giant elephant shrew, or sengi, that looks like a cross between a miniature antelope and a small anteater, according to BBC News. "This is one of the most exciting discoveries of my career," said Galen Rathbun, from the California Academy of...


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North American Least Shrew, Cryptotis parva
2012-05-02 11:32:22

The North American least shrew (Cryptotis parva) has a range including Mexico, the United States, and southern Canada. It has been found in a small population at Long Point in Ontario Canada. This shrew prefers to nest in meadows, mesic grasslands, fields, and marshes. As with most shrews, the North American least Shrew prefers moist habitats, but it will also nest in dryer areas. Its habitat is dependent on vegetation that allows for insects for its diet. At three inches long maximum, the...

Baird's Shrew, Sorex bairdi
2012-04-25 12:06:46

Baird’s shrew (Sorex bairdi) is a native species to northwest Oregon, inhabiting mainly conifer forests. These shrews live around six other species of shrew, and have one subspecies, Sorex bairdi permiliensis. Baird’s shrew is darker in the winter, with a reddish brown or beige-brown fur color. On each side of the shrew, and the belly, the fur is paler. There is no difference in size between males and females, as is common among shrews, and the average body length can be between 4.9 to...

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2007-06-25 09:29:23

The Common Treeshrew, Tupaia glis, is a small mammal in the family Tupaiidae. It is distributed throughout Southeast Asia. It is found in the lowland rainforests of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and nearby islands. Widespread throughout its habitat range, the Common Treeshrew is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The body length averages between 6.3 and 8.3 inches and the weight is around 6.7 ounces. Upper parts are various colors of olive, reddish...

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2007-06-25 09:28:04

The Madras Treeshrew, Anathana ellioti, also known as the Indian Treeshrew, is found in the hill forests of central and southern India. This species is named after Sir Walter Elliot of the Indian Civil Services in Madras. This treeshrew is 6.3 to 7.3 inches long with a tail 6.5 to 7.75 inches long. It is easily separated from the squirrels in the field by the shape and color of the tail and the upward curve in which it is held when walking about. Much of its time is spent on the ground or...

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2007-06-25 08:19:07

The Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew, Rhynchocyon chrysopygus, is a species of elephant shrew native to Africa and only found in the coastal Arabuko Sokoke National Park located north of Mombassa in Kenya. It lives on the forest floor mainly around evergreens. It is the largest member of the shrew family. This shrew is named for the conspicuous golden fur on its hindquarters which contrasts greatly with its otherwise dark fur. It is a very fast creature, capable of running at 15 mph. In the...

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