Trillium Ridge Flora and Fauna
Northern Short-tailed Shrew
Blarina brevicauda
Location: burrow in northwest meadow; seen in flowerbeds in back

Range: northeastern region of North America
Shrews have sharp, spike-like teeth, not the familiar gnawing front incisor teeth of rodents. Shrews are distributed almost worldwide. In general, shrews are terrestrial creatures that forage for seeds, insects, nuts, worms and a variety of other foods in leaf litter and dense vegetation, but some specialise in climbing trees, living underground, living under snow or even hunting in water. Shrews must eat 80-90 % of their own body weight in food daily.
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Genus: Blarina (Northern Short-tailed Shrew)
Family: Soricidae/Soricinae (Red-toothed Shrews)
Order: Soricomorpha (moles and shrews)
Class: Mammalia (Mammals)
Phylum/Division: Chordata (Spinal chorded)
Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)