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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...

Bairds 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...

Common Treeshrew
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...

Madras Treeshrew Indian Treeshrew
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...

Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew
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...

Eurasian Pygmy Shrew
2007-01-19 11:20:11

The Eurasian Pygmy Shrew (Sorex minutus), often shortened to Pygmy Shrew, is a widespread shrew of northern Eurasia. It is the only shrew native to Ireland. Active throughout the day and night, the Eurasian Pygmy Shrew is one of the smallest shrews. It lives up to sixteen months and never hibernates. It has grey-brown fur and measures around 1.57 to 2.36 inches (40 to 60 mm) when full...

Cinereus Shrew
2007-01-19 11:16:50

The Cinereus Shrew (Sorex cinereus), also known as the masked shrew, is a small shrew found in Alaska. It is also found in Canada, the northern United States, and northeastern Siberia. This is the most widely distributed shrew in North America where it is also known as the common shrew. Description It is grey-brown in color with a light grey underside. It has a long tail that is brown on...

Vagrant Shrew
2007-01-19 11:13:39

The Vagrant Shrew (Sorex vagrans) is a medium-sized North American shrew. At one time, the Montane Shrew (S. monticolus) was considered to belong to the same species as this animal. It is red brown in color with greyer under parts and a long tail that is sometimes paler underneath. During winter, its fur is dark brown. Its body is about 3.94 in (10 cm) long including a 1.57 in (4 cm) long...

Marsh Shrew
2007-01-19 11:10:22

The marsh shrew (Sorex bendirii), also known as the Pacific Water Shrew, is a large North American shrew. It is found near aquatic habitats. It is the largest member of genus Sorex in North America. It is dark brown in color with a dark belly and a long tail. Its hind feet have coarse hairs on the toes. Its body is about 6.30 in (16 cm) long including a 2.76 in (7 cm) long tail. It weighs...

Southern Short-tailed Shrew
2007-01-10 12:45:30

The southern short-tailed shrew (Blarina carolinensis) is a small, gray, short-tailed mammal as the name implies. The overall appearance is somewhat like a rodent, but is a member of the order Soricomorpha. It should not be confused with a member of the order Rodentia. This shrew has a long, pointed snout and ears that are nearly concealed by its soft dense fur. The southern short-tailed shrew...

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