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North American Least Shrew

Cryptotis parva


The North American Least Shrew is one of the smallest mammals in the world - not to be confused with a rodent. They have venomous saliva.


Under bird feeder in yard, near wooded area.

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armadeus.4 6 years ago

Who would have thought this cute little fella had venomous saliva? Wow. Thank you for sharing :)

WendyGradenTindall 7 years ago

Awesome picture ! Never saw a shrew so close up!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 7 years ago

Fantastic little animal and great photo Tyler. I didn't know they have black teeth, that's pretty amazing.

KarenL 7 years ago

Fun fact! The North American least shrew has an incredibly fast metabolism and must eat 60 to 100% of its own body weight every day to survive! It is one of the smallest mammals growing to be only around 3 inches long, and also one of the few that have venomous saliva. Though it is sometimes mistaken for a mouse, it is not a rodent but a member of the order Soricomorpha, the shrews and moles.

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 7 years ago


ChunXingWong 7 years ago

Wow, this is an adorable spotting captured with great photography skills !

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Delaware, USA

Spotted on Jan 29, 2014
Submitted on Feb 2, 2014

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