Pygmy Shrew (Sorex minutus)

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Classification:
Domain
Eukaryota
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Soricomorpha
Family
Soricidae
Genus
Sorex
Species
Minutus

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Description


The size of the pygmy shrew is 1.5’’. it's Color is brown, the tail is 25 - 30 mm and it weighs 2 - 4 g.





Habitat


Shrews live underneath the ground. normally they live by water and some make homes beneath leaves or between rocks.





Predators and Prey


What it eats it eats insects, spiders, earthworms and caterpillar.
predators of pygmy shrews are owls, raptors, foxes and cats.





Native or Invasive


The pygmy shrew is native to vermont.






Form vs. Function


The pygmy shrews have long noses to help them dig for worms and other insects.





Interesting Facts


the pygmy shrew is the second smallest mammal in the world.





Resources



1. pygmy shrew,retrieved 11/15/12 __http://www.arkive.org/pygmy-shrew/sorex-minutus/#threats__
2 . __http://www.discoverlife.org/nh/tx/Vertebrata/Mammalia/Soricidae/Sorex/hoyi__/