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Common Name: Short-tailed Shrew




Scientific Name:
Blarina brevicauda 

Prefers wooded and damp areas with plenty of leaf litter.

Insectivorous—insects, insect eggs, snails, spiders, slugs, worms, centipedes, millipedes, cocoons, caterpillars, and carrion of some vertebrates.

Interesting Facts:
This animal has a voracious appetite. Said to eat several times its weight every day, the short-tailed shrew is aided in subduing its prey by a poison found in its saliva.

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