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Eurasian Pygmy Shrew, musaraña enana

Sorex minutus subsp. carpetanus

Description:

I found two of these shrews dead in a range of 2 meters. They did not show any signal of being eaten, either partially, by other animal. I read somewhere that they segregate a substance with very bad taste so the cats have fun killing them but they don't eat them afterwards. Active throughout the day and night, the Eurasian Pygmy Shrew lives in undergrowth and leaf litter and lives off small insects and invertebrates. It has an average weight of 4 grams and has one of the highest metabolic rates of any animal, meaning it must eat at regular intervals — every two hours or so.

Habitat:

Spotted in an open Holm oak and cork oak forest at the Parque Nacional de Monfragüe, Cáceres.

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3 Comments

arlanda
arlanda 8 years ago

Yes, it is sad Nopayahnah, specially because no animal fed on them

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Sad but interesting spotting

arlanda
arlanda 8 years ago

I just added a close up of the shrew's head

arlanda
Spotted by
arlanda

Serradilla, Extremadura, Spain

Spotted on Apr 1, 2012
Submitted on Apr 13, 2012

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