Prickly-Critterz Forum



 
HomeRegisterLog in

Share | 
 

 Species of the Week – Pygmy Shrew (Sorex minutus)

View previous topic View next topic Go down 
AuthorMessage




Join date : 1970-01-01

PostSubject: Species of the Week – Pygmy Shrew (Sorex minutus)   Wed May 08, 2013 11:51 am

[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

The pygmy shrew is Ireland’s smallest mammal, with an average lifespan of one year. A big breeding adult may weigh 6g, but they lose weight in winter and their bones shrink so they may end up weighing only 3g during the winter months!

These tiny mammals live in woodlands, hedgerows, farmland, gardens and even bogs. They are common and widespread throughout Ireland.

They are a native species and are believed to have been here at least since the Ice Age, although recent data revealed that they could have accidentally been brought to Ireland from Britain by early human settlers.

An identifying feature of pygmy shrews is their red-tipped teeth, the colour being iron deposits which act as a resistance to wear.

Their diet is composed of various small bugs, beetles, spiders, flies and woodlice, and it has to consume up to 1.25 times its body weight each day in order to survive. This is due to its extremely small size and high metabolic rate.

A period of as little as two hours without food can therefore lead to starvation. They don’t hibernate because, even in winter, they need to keep eating!

Pygmy shrews are solitary creatures and are very aggressive to other shrews. Each one has a separate territory which it defends against all others. Only during the breeding season it is acceptable to cross into another shrew’s territory.

Even though pygmy shrews usually run along tunnels in the undergrowth, they can also climb and even swim if necessary!
Back to top Go down
gems

avatar

Location : north east
Join date : 2012-08-02
Posts : 9290
Age : 35

PostSubject: Re: Species of the Week – Pygmy Shrew (Sorex minutus)   Wed May 08, 2013 2:38 pm

Aww ugly cute lol

_________________
f[/img][/url]][You must be registered and logged in to see this image.][/url]
Back to top Go down
Gaga

avatar

Location : Glitter Way!
Join date : 2012-02-18
Posts : 22983
Age : 21

PostSubject: Re: Species of the Week – Pygmy Shrew (Sorex minutus)   Wed May 08, 2013 7:07 pm

that is so adorable xx

_________________
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Back to top Go down




Join date : 1970-01-01

PostSubject: Re: Species of the Week – Pygmy Shrew (Sorex minutus)   Wed May 08, 2013 7:37 pm

I liked it as well x
Back to top Go down
Gaga

avatar

Location : Glitter Way!
Join date : 2012-02-18
Posts : 22983
Age : 21

PostSubject: Re: Species of the Week – Pygmy Shrew (Sorex minutus)   Wed May 08, 2013 8:00 pm

want to cuddle it xx

_________________
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Back to top Go down




Join date : 1970-01-01

PostSubject: Re: Species of the Week – Pygmy Shrew (Sorex minutus)   Wed May 08, 2013 8:03 pm

Me too x
Back to top Go down
tayer
Moderator
Moderator
avatar

Location : south wales: cardiff
Join date : 2011-07-05
Posts : 30685
Age : 32

PostSubject: Re: Species of the Week – Pygmy Shrew (Sorex minutus)   Wed May 08, 2013 8:34 pm

ahhh now i think that is cute.
Back to top Go down
https://www.facebook.com/PethauPigioghedgehogs
Sponsored content




PostSubject: Re: Species of the Week – Pygmy Shrew (Sorex minutus)   

Back to top Go down
 
Species of the Week – Pygmy Shrew (Sorex minutus)
View previous topic View next topic Back to top 
Page 1 of 1
 Similar topics
-
» What Pandinus species are there?
» Species ID confirmation – Lychas and Opistophthalmus
» UK Laws on dangerous species?
» Species in Spain?
» Reccommended Scorpion Species

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Prickly-Critterz Forum :: Pets Corner :: Other animals-
Jump to: