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Shrew Soricidae
2014-10-01 13:16:58

Soricidae is a family that contains 385 species of true shrews that can be found throughout the world, although Australia, New Guinea, and New Zealand do not hold any native shrew populations. Although shrews resemble mice, they are more closely related to moles, but most are no larger than a mouse. The largest species, known as the Asian house shrew reaches a length of 5.9 inches, while the...

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...

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...

American Water Shrew
2007-01-19 11:12:06

The American Water Shrew (Sorex palustris) or Northern Water Shrew, is a large North American shrew found in aquatic habitats. This animal is dark grey in color with lighter under parts with a long tail. Air bubbles are trapped in the thick fur when the animal dives underwater. Its feet have a fringe of hairs, more visible on the larger hind feet. They allow this animal to run on the...

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...

Smoky Shrew
2007-01-19 11:09:07

The smoky shrew, Sorex fumeus, is a medium-sized North American shrew found in eastern Canada and the northeastern United States. It is dull grey in color with a lighter underside. It has a long tail that is brown on top and yellowish underneath. During winter, its fur is grey. Its body is about 4.33 inches (11 cm) long including a 1.57 in (4 cm) long tail. It weighs about .18 oz (5 g)....

Eurasian Water Shrew
2007-01-10 12:49:37

The Eurasian Water Shrew, known in British English as the water shrew, is a relatively large shrew. It is up to 3.94 inches (100 mm) long, with a tail up to three-quarters as long again. It has short dark fur, often with a few white tufts. It has a few stiff hairs around the feet and tail that act as a keel in the water. Its fur traps bubbles of air in the water that greatly aids its...

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The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.