A shrew (shrew mouse) is a small mammal within the family Soricidae in the order Soricomorpha. True shrews are different from West Indies shrews, otter shrews, elephant shrews or tree shrews. Shrews have movable snout and long, hook-tipped incisors.

991 Questions

What is the world's smallest and most ferocious mammal?

Etruscan Shrews may be the most ferocious. They have a bite like a cobra and eat twice their own weight in meat every day. Also, They attack an animal over three times it's size.

The bumble bee (Kitti's Hog-nosed) bat is tailless, and the smallest species of bat. It is also one of the world's smallest mammals. It weighs up to 2 g and is 29 - 30 mm long. It competes for the title of world's smallest land mammal.

Its closest competitor for the title is the Etruscan shrew, which is slightly lighter at 1.2 - 2.7 g, but is longer at 36 - 53 mm (not including its tail). So, depending upon what, smallest, means either of these mammals could be it.


What is the predators for tree shrew?

jerry eakle is not sercumsized

William Shakespeare

How do you manage a shrew of a wife?

You have to talk to her about it. The two of you may need counseling, but if she refuses, divorce her!


What does shrew mean?

A shrew is an animal.

It can all be used to describe a ill-tempered or aggressive woman.

"That nasty shrew needs to keep her nose out of our business."

Rabbit Breeding & Reproduction

How do you care for a baby shrew that is hurt?

The saliva of the short-tailed shrew is poisonous - it is the only mammal with such an adaptation. The poison can kill a rabbit and cause a burning sensation and severe swelling in humans.

Not all shrews are poisonous, just Short-tailed, check the appearance of the species and use gloves when handling it. If you are bitten by a poisonous shrew, I wouldn't worry either. You probably won't die.

Shrews are NOT rodents. They are small and furry, but they are nothing like rats and mice. They are in the family Soricomorpha, which is a much more ancient group of mammals.

Caring for a Shrew:

If anyone means to take care of a shrew, the first thing he/she needs to understand is that shrews have an extremely high metabolism. The reason some shrews have venom is so that they can more easily hunt in order to satisfy their voracious appetite. They have to eat at least once every few hours in order not to starve to death. The second aspect of shrews to understand is that they are entirely carnivorous, and are known for their fierce disposition while hunting. Ever wonder why Shakespeare named his play The Taming of the Shrew? Shrews are not easy creatures to tame.

Probably the best thing to do is to release it into the wild once it is well again. However, if one does want to keep a shrew in captivity in the long-term or just until it is recovered, this is how.

Shrews are the smallest mammals on earth, so keeping it in a wire cage is not advisable, because it could slip out, and if it is poisonous, that could be dangerous to other pets in the house. Contain it in a normal terrarium, as you would a lizard or snake or rat. When choosing such an enclosure, more emphasis should be placed upon the length of the terrarium, rather than the height, because shrews are not known for climbing, although a few live plants wouldn't go amiss. Following the model of a snake's terrarium is the best way to go, including the small locks, rocks and logs sold at pet stores to place in their cages.

Feeding your shrew would probably be the most difficult thing, and something you should really consider if you want to keep a shrew in captivity permanently. In the wild, shrews are mainly insectivores, but laboratories keeping shrews often feed them dead voles and mice. Crickets and mealworms would probably be the best way to feed a shrew, and the easiest, because most pet shops carry them. Unless you can handle seeing your "pet" killing another mammal, I would not recommend buying baby mice, though the shrew would probably like it. Shrew would definitely prefer live prey. Don't be tempted to buy a shrew a water-dispenser like those for mice. It is usually too small, and it might not figure it out otherwise. Again, the rock-like water bowls sold for snakes and lizards will do just fine, and you should probably find the smallest one available.

If you keep a shrew in captivity, you should remember that it is not a pet. Not only was it born in the wild, it's brain capacity, as well as social behavior, make it almost impossible to tame a shrew. It will not want to be touched, nor would I recommend trying to touch it. Its terrarium would be a decorative, exotic effect only. Also, most shrews are reasonably territorial and highly solitary. Some species of shrew die when kept in close quarters together, without being attacked by the other.

Don't get too attached to your shrew. Although, as said above, some shrews can live be about three years old, most don't last longer than a year or two. If you feed it and care for it, take comfort in the fact that you have, at least, made its little life easier by providing it with food.

Lastly, research your shrew as much as possible. Try to figure out its species by judging on the area in which you live, its coloring and size, and then adjust its feeding schedule and diet accordingly.

I have never kept a shrew personally for myself. I merely know about them as wild animals, I don't know what to expect of a shrew in captivity.

Zoology or Animal Biology

How many ribs does a shrew have?



Why do shrews eat insects?

Because they are yummy.

Ferrets Weasels and Badgers

Are elephant shrews nocturnal?

The elephant shrew is nocturnol.


What do you do with a wild shrew?

I think you should let it go. It won't hurt anybody, this I promise.


How small is the masked shrew?

The masked shrew is 2 inches long (not inchuding the tail) and one-tenth of an once.


What do shrews eat?

Shrews are basically carnivores, and eat small rodents as well as scorpions,insects, slugs and snails and worms as well as nuts and seeds.


What is an Indian musk shrew called?



What do Somali elephant shrews look like?

They look like a mouse, but are brown or brown-black and have a long, somewhat pointed nose.


Which of these have the most teeth The Opossum The Tiger The Bear The Shrew?

the shrew


Is a shrew a herbivore?

Yes it is a herbavore but it also eats bugs in the forset.


What does a baby shrew eat?

insects or hay


Are hedgehogs and porcupines the same?

No. Although they are both placental mammals, and both have sharp spines, porcupines are in the rodent family (from the order rodentia), but hedgehogs are from the family insectivora.

Porcupines are also much larger than hedgehogs.


Is a baby shrew called a pup or a cub or something else?

Because shrews are in the same family as moles, and baby moles are referred to as "pups," baby shrews may be referred to in the same way. Source:

Donna Hambright, English Teacher, North Carolina

Gophers and Groundhogs

Are gophers groundhogs and woodchucks all the same animal?

A: The big groundhog is about 24 times heavier than the little gopher. The animals look somewhat similar, however, with short neck, legs, and tail.

The groundhog (also known as a "woodchuck" and "whistle pig") is a marmot - essentially, a giant North American ground squirrel. The gopher is, like the groundhog, a burrowing member of the rodent order but its closest living relatives are kangaroo rats and pocket mice.

The pocket gopher gets its name from large fur-lined cheek pouches that border its face down to its shoulders. These weird roomy pouches function much like jeans pockets. They open to the outside and can be turned inside out for cleaning.

The groundhog hibernates and the gopher does not. By the end of October, the groundhog descends into her hidden burrow beneath a stump or a rock, curls into a relaxed ball, slows her heart from 75 to 4 beats a minute, and drops her body temperature to that of her home. She is so far "asleep" that, even if we warm her, she needs several hours to waken.


  • species Marmota monax from the squirrel family, Sciuridae, order Rodentia
  • up to 13 pounds, 6 kg
  • head and body 20 inches(50 cm) long; tail 18 inches
  • found in eastern and central United States, across Canada, and into Alaska along forest edges abutting meadows, open fields, roads, and streams.
  • good swimmers, can climb tall shrubs and sizable trees


  • any of 38 species from the family Geomyidae, order Rodentia
  • 0.5 pound (250 g)
  • head and body 6 inches (15 cm) long; tail 3 inches (8 cm)
  • range from southern Canada and the United States, south through Mexico and Central America, to northwestern Colombia. Found from coastal areas to above the timberline in high mountains.
  • two to three-year lifespan



Why is my hamster so itchy She isn't red though Should I try to bathe him or leave him alone Is he just cleaning himself or what?

No! Never bathe or wash hamsters! They have special oil on them and with water it can come off. Try chinchilla dust bath it can be used on hamsters but never water! It is normal behavior my hamster does that too!


Is it legal to have a pet skunk in New Mexico?

It is illegal to own a pet skunk in New Mexico.You need two permits for your skunk to enter the state of NM: one from the Department of Health and one from the NM Game & Fish. The NM Game & Fish will NOT issue any import permits for captive bred skunks to enter the state.They also will not issue any permit for a skunk as a pet.


What is a cape elephant shrews habitat?


What have scientists learned about the elephant shrew based on DNA evidence?

Most elephant shrew species were first described in the 1800s by scientists who classified them as shrewsbecause of obvious physical similaritie .

Guinea Pigs
Percentages, Fractions, and Decimal Values

What is the percentage of a pig having 2 heads?

Substantially less than 1 per cent.

Substantially less than 1 per cent.

Substantially less than 1 per cent.

Substantially less than 1 per cent.


What is the trophic level of the black shrew?

Shrews eat beetles, grasshoppers, butterfly and moth larvae, wasps, crickets, spiders, snails, earthworms, slugs, centipedes, and millipedes. Shrews also eat small birds, mice, small snakes, and even other shrews when the opportunity presents itself. Seeds, roots, and other vegetable matter are also eaten by some species of shrews. They are found in the third trophic level.


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