Northern Short-Tailed Shrew

(Blarina carolinensis)

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STATUS: Native, “Least Concern”

DESCRIPTION: It can reach lengths of 4.3 ti 5.5 inches and can weigh 0.53 to 1.06 oz. It has thick, velvet-y fur that can be black, brown, or gray. It molts from a summer to longer winter coat and back.

DIET: This shrew consumes three times its body weight each day. It can eat fungi and seeds though it prefers insects, worms, snails, and other shrews

HABITAT: This shrew thrives in disturbed and undisturbed areas including grasslands, old fields, fence rows,marshes, and forests.

NOTES: This mammal is venomous! Its saliva contains a toxin strong enough to kill small mammals, but usually only results in pain around the bite site for humans.

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