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Least Shrew

Cryptotis parva


A small, brown mammal that doesn't exceed 3 inches. There is a pointed snout, and the eyes and ears are very reduced.


Caught in a pit fall trap for my Master's research, light oak forested area.


This guy was deceased in my trap when I went to check it :( My traps are checked every day, there was a cover board to protect the animals from the sun, and there was a wet sponge in the trap to keep the humidity up. I just think this guy was so little that he couldn't handle much, and the heat just got to him or something. He was the only vertebrate trap mortality I had all summer :/

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Hema 7 years ago

R.I.P dear least shrew.

auntdiane15 7 years ago

thanks. I'm new here. You were the first thing i clicked on. Thanks for the schooling.

AshleyT 7 years ago

If you read the link I provided as a reference or read the common name you can answer that one for yourself :)

auntdiane15 7 years ago

It's a mole, right?

tibiprada 7 years ago

♥ ♥ ♥

AshleyT 8 years ago

I know, Gilma. It was really sad, I had never seen one before either :/

Such a cute creature.. : (

AshleyT 8 years ago

No, it's full grown. And my description says where I found it

TaraBradford 8 years ago

Is it a baby? Where did you find it?

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Texas, USA

Spotted on Aug 6, 2013
Submitted on Aug 25, 2013

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