Asian house shrew

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Asian house shrew

Order : Insectivora
Family : Soricidae
Subfamily : Crocidurinae
Species : Suncus murinus

 

Keywords: nocturnal , tail

The Asian house shrew is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Some facts about the
House shrew

Adult weight : 0.046 kg (0.1012 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 3 years

Female maturity :36 days

Male maturity : 36 days

Gestation : 30 days

Weaning : 19 days

Litter size : 3

Interval between litters : 56 days

Weight at birth : 0.003 kg (0.0066 lbs)

Weight at weaning : 0.033 kg (0.0726 lbs)

Body mass : 0.04 kg (0.088 lbs)

Temperature : 38.85 °C (101.93 °F)

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Facts about the Asian house shrew

The present results indicated that Suncus murinus is sensitive to horizontal motion stimulus, the emetic episodes were significantly greater at 1 and 2 Hz than at either a lower or higher frequency, a repeated challenge once every 2 days but not weekly reduced the number of emetic episodes, and in all experiments, age-matched female animals were more responsive than males to motion stimulus and in some experiments this achieved significance. (Full text)

Suncus – Dwarf shrews Although Suncus murinus is one of the larger shrews known in Tanzania (and was probably introduced), the other two species recorded for the country (S.

The commonest of them all, the Grey or House shrew-Englishman’s Musk-rat (Suncus murinus) is one of the most familiar mammals of our households.

Other important predators are the Crab-eating macaques Macaca fascicularis, the mongoose Herpestes auropunctatus and the feral cat Felis cattus The Indian House shrew Suncus murinus is now abundant on Ile aux Aigrettes and Rodrigues.

House Shrew or Indian Musk Shrew (Suncus murinus) - is abundant in Unguja island. (Full text)

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