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Least Shrew Cryptotis parva


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Least Shrew
credit: Corey Raimond/CCSA

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Family: Soricidae, Shrews view all from this family

Description Tiny shrew with a very short tail (<45% of head and body length). Smaller and browner than other short-tailed shrews in their range.

Dimensions 61-89mm, 19-37mm, 3-10g

Habitat Forests & woodlands, Swamps, marshes & bogs, Meadows & fields

Range Plains, Great Lakes, New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Florida, Texas, Eastern Canada

Discussion Nests are constructed of grass and leaves in hidden areas, and may contain up to 31 individuals. Occurs in wide variety of habitats, including grassy, weedy, and brushy fields, marshes, and wooded habitats.