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Pygmy shrew

Sorex minutus


UK smallest mammal. 5cm long with a tail that is 2/3 the body length. Continually on the hunt for spiders, insects and snails (of which there are plenty to go round!)


Garden hedge. I popped it into a container and rehoused in a different part of the garden away from inquisitive cats.

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SukanyaDatta a month ago

Ah! How wonderful. One day a shrew (ordinary one) got into my drawing room and I just Failed to even corner it!!!! I have no idea where it went or how it escaped with me trying to catch it. Was just glad it did not die inside my house in an inaccessible corner ....I sometimes see shrews run over by cars I know they are around but except that one day I have never seen a live one in my neighbourhood..

Mel11 a month ago

We used the little net from our aquarium. We had been allerted by the attentions of a cat and it got itself into a corner.

SukanyaDatta a month ago

How did you catch it?!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a month ago

Beautiful spotting, Mel. I had no idea there was such an animal. Tiny, but obviously ferocious. Love it!

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Walton, England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Feb 22, 2021
Submitted on Feb 26, 2021

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