Eurasian water shrew

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Eurasian water shrew

Order : Insectivora
Family : Soricidae
Subfamily : Soricinae
Species : Neomys fodiens


Keywords: tail , white

The Eurasian water shrew, northern water 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
Eurasian water shrew

Adult weight : 0.015 kg (0.033 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 3 years

Female maturity :106 days

Male maturity : 106 days

Gestation : 20 days

Weaning : 32 days

Litter size : 5

Litters per year : 2

Interval between litters : 71 days

Weight at birth : 0.001 kg (0.0022 lbs)

Weight at weaning : 0.01 kg (0.022 lbs)

Body mass : 0.016 kg (0.0352 lbs)

Temperature : 36.85 °C (98.33 °F)

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Facts about the Eurasian water shrew

Current research projects include: Investigations of the distribution and conservation status of the water shrew in Britain: the water shrew (Neomys fodiens) is one of Britain's least known mammals, and its habitat occurrence and population dynamics are poorly understood.

Yet the problem with Neomys fodiens is that its common name, water shrew, is similar to the water vole, better known as the character of Ratty in Kenneth Grahame's story. (Full text)

The Eurasian water shrew is active by day and night but with an apparent preference for darkness. (Full text)

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