Least shrew

Least shrew

Order : Insectivora
Family : Soricidae
Subfamily : Soricinae
Species : Cryptotis parva


Keywords: tail , brown , white , poor eyesight

The Least 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
Least shrew

Adult weight : 0.005 kg (0.011 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 4 years

Female maturity :40 days

Male maturity : 43 days

Gestation : 21 days

Weaning : 19 days

Litter size : 5

Weight at weaning : 0.004 kg (0.0088 lbs)

Body mass : 0.006 kg (0.0132 lbs)

Temperature : 36.85 °C (98.33 °F)

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Facts about the least shrew

The Least Shrew, Cryptotis parva, is found in dry grassy and brushy areas throughout mainland Florida. (Full text)

The least shrew is an inhabitant of grasslands where it utilizes the surface runways of cotton rats (Sigmodon) and other grassland rodents. (Full text)

(3 - 6 g) Physical Characteristics: The least shrew is the smaller of the two short-tailed shrews that occur in the park and is the shortest of all the park's mammals. (Full text)

The Least Shrew is one of the most adaptable and wide-ranging of all North American shrews.

Identification: The least shrew is mole-like, with tiny eyes, inconspicuous ears, a long, pointed nose, velvety brown-gray fur, and the shortest tail of all the other shrews found in Connecticut. (Full text)

Hart IDENTIFYING CHARACTERISTICS: The total length of an adult least shrew is three to 3 ½ inches.

Least shrew Sorex minutissimus The least shrew is the smallest mammal in Norway and among the smallest in the world, weighing 1. (Full text)

Least Shrew Least Shrew Cryptotis parva Least Shrews are one of our smallest mammals, growing only up to three inches long.

Comments: Least shrews are the smallest mammals in Kansas and are grayish-brown in color. (Full text)

In Connecticut, least shrews are only found in coastal areas with high beach dunes and adjacent brackish marshes. (Full text)

Least shrews are tiny enough to slip through the neck of the bottle and drown within.

Least shrews are one of the least known, least seen, least understood and last but not least, least appreciated member of the biotic community.

Short-tailed shrews can be distinguished from other shrews by the fact that Least Shrews are smaller and cinnamon-colored and all other shrews have long tails.

LEAST SHREWS Least shrews are black with an ash gray belly. (Full text)

Conservation Status In the United States, least shrews are in no danger of extirpation (populations in Michigan, at the northern limit of the range of this species, are considered to be of "special concern" by that state). (Full text)

Although SHORT-TAILED SHREWS and LEAST SHREWS are common, these gray-furred, shorthaired shrews are rarely seen.

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