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Southern Short-tailed Shrew Blarina carolinensis


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Southern Short-tailed Shrew
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Family: Soricidae, Shrews view all from this family

Description A large shrew, solid gray above and below with short tail.

Dimensions 72-107mm, 12-26mm, 5-13g (Red area on map.)

Warning The shrews of the genus Blarina are unique among mammals in producing poison in their salivary glands. The saliva is not dangerous to humans, but a bite may swell and be painful for several days.

Similar Species Northern Short-tailed Shrew

Habitat Forests & woodlands

Range Plains, Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Rocky Mountains, Southeast, Florida, Texas

Discussion Not much is known of the habits of this shrew, they are most likely similar to those of the Northern Short-tailed Shrew.