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Asian House Shrew

Suncus murinus


Small rodent, mostly gray. The snout is elongated and their eyes are really small, they have thick tails which I suppose is useful because they have poor eyesight so in order to travel, they form a congo line by holding on to each others tail with their teeth. The group I photographed is a mother with four litters, while I was observing them, the shrew from the very last was weak, it's hind legs couldn't move and it was left behind. So I took my gardening gloves, picked it up and placed it to the burrow I've last seen the family went.


Found outside on the ground during one of my nightly rounds. Native to South and Southeast Asia and was introduced by humans to eastern Africa, Arabia, Madagascar, the Philippines and other islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.


Local Hiligaynon name is "Katsuri" but it is sometimes referred to the strong, awful musky smell these shrews make. Bisaya name: minyak/minyat

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Francis Floe

Iloilo City, Western Visayas, Philippines

Spotted on Nov 24, 2021
Submitted on Jun 5, 2023

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