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Common Shrew

Sorex araneus

Description:

Spotted this shrew by a forest.

Habitat:

Forest with different tree and bush species


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18 Comments

Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 4 years ago

it really would be! :))

FaredinAliyevski
FaredinAliyevski 4 years ago

Heheeh, they are really nice...would be cool to find a family like that :D

Annelies
Annelies 4 years ago

Amazing spotting! Very cute little fellow ^_^

Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 4 years ago

I've seen shrews in a documentary and this is how they walk around -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0LhXJXD...
so maybe it really got lost and maybe it was calling for its mom!

FaredinAliyevski
FaredinAliyevski 4 years ago

I found it because of its crying. It was kidding under some leaves and crying so when I picked it, actually it stopped crying.

The size fits the common shrew species. The only thing could be that it lost its mom. And it was old enough to walk and hide.

Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 4 years ago

yeah, adult shrews are tiny here! I've seen some :) , but they're so quick! It's really weird, that it let you pick it up!
though I don't know if yours is a baby or an adult, it's cute anyway! :)

Flavio Oliveira
Flavio Oliveira 4 years ago

Hema, I honestly don't know. It could be a juvenile that got lost from its mother, or it could be hurt, or it could have been in a torpid state and when Faredin held him, he cried as a defense mechanism. Until we're sure what species it is, it is difficult to come to a definitive conclusion.

No problem, Faredin ;)

FaredinAliyevski
FaredinAliyevski 4 years ago

@ Flavio, I'm happy to hear your opinion and I'm also 100% not sure about the ID. I just couldn't find a better match than the common shrew. I will check the species you have sugested. Thanks a lot.

Hema
Hema 4 years ago

Flavio, Why do you think it was crying.

Flavio Oliveira
Flavio Oliveira 4 years ago

I have many doubts that this is a common shrew. For starters, the photo's date suggests it was taken during the breeding season, meaning that if this was an adult, the fur should be reddish, not grayish. The tail is larger than I would expect from a common shrew, and the muzzle also doesn't fit. So either this is a juvenile (I don't know how juveniles of this species look like), or a different species of shrew, most likely a greater white-toothed shrew.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 4 years ago

So cute :)

classroom8mc
classroom8mc 4 years ago

A shrew I think

FaredinAliyevski
FaredinAliyevski 4 years ago

Yes, it did stop crying but when i released it, it started again.

No, it wasn't a bite...It just looks like that from being poked by grass or something.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 4 years ago

There is a hole in its shoulder, maybe it was bit by a cat? It must have been in pain to cry and let you pick it up.

Hema
Hema 4 years ago

Did it stop crying when you picked it up?

FaredinAliyevski
FaredinAliyevski 4 years ago

I thought it was baby but after some research i found out that shrews in Europe are really small. So it could be an adult even tough it behaved like baby.

The MnMs
The MnMs 4 years ago

Is it a baby?

My poor little thing!

Île-de-France, Tromelin Island

Lat: 48.71, Long: 2.13

Spotted on Jun 21, 2014
Submitted on Jun 22, 2014

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