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Short-Tailed Shrew

Blarina brevicauda

Three species of short-tailed shrews can all be found across North America. These are small secretive creatures that inhabit forest grassland. Despite their small size (approximately 6.5 to 7.5 centimetres) and tiny eyes, the short-tailed shrews are quite voracious predators. They feed mainly on invertebrates such as earthworms, but will also feed on mice, frogs and sometimes other shrews. Shrews can immobilize their prey through the use of poison glands in their mouths.

Map of Short-Tailed Shrew in Canada
Distribution of Short-Tailed Shrew in Canada

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