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Shrew: An Insectivorous Rodent

Introduction (what it is)

Shrew is a small insectivorous mammal animal in the family. Soricidae. There are actually several species of shrews. They are found in Europe and the Central Asian region. Although they look like rats, shrews are not rodents.

The scientific name of the common shrew, one of the best known, is sorex araneus.

Main features:

- They are insectivores, that is, they feed mainly on insects. But they also eat spiders, snails and even decomposed meat.

- They have very fast metabolism. Therefore, they are always active, whether at night or during the day.

- They are between 10 and 15 centimeters in length. The weight is between 5 and 20 grams.

- They have a habit of solitary life.

- They have very small eyes and ears.

- The shrew's body has a cylindrical shape. The muzzle is pointed and narrow.

- Female's gestation lasts between 19 and 21 days. Puppies are born very small and stay with their mother until they are one month old.

- Have short coat. Colors vary from species to species, but the most common are brown, brown and gray.

- They have strong claws on the front paws, a factor that favors the animal in the activity of digging tunnels.

“They live in tunnel galleries that dig into the earth.

- They have extremely developed sense of smell. However, the shrews' vision is inefficient.

- The mating phase of shrews occurs between April and November.

Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Philo: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Soricomorpha

Family: Soricidae

Examples of other shrew species:

- European Shrew

- Red-toothed Shrew

- Red-toothed Dwarf Shrew

- Shrew-fake

- White-toothed Shrew

- Pygmy shrew