ENVIRONMENT YUKON






Shrews

Including:

Arctic Shrew (Sorex arcticus)

Cinereus or Masked Shrew (Sorex cinereus)

American Pygmy Shrew (Sorex hoyi)

Dusky or Montane Shrew (Sorex monticolus)

American Water Shrew (Sorex palustris)

Tundra Shrew (Sorex tundrensis)

Barren Ground Shrew (Sorex ugyunak)

 

Order Soricomorpha
Family

Soricidae

 

Northern short tailed shrew

Fast Facts

Distribution in Yukon (all)
Length 10-15 cm Distribution of shrews in Yukon
Weight 10 g
Lifespan 1.5 years
Habitat
Predators Small mammals, birds of prey

 

 

Conservation Status

Yukon Arctic (S5), Cinereus (S5), American Pygmy (S5), Dusky (S5), American Water (S4), Tundra (S4), Barren Ground (S3)
Global Arctic (G5), Cinereus (G5), American Pygmy (G5), Dusky (G5), American Water (G5), Tundra (G5), Barren Ground (G5)
Yukon population estimate Not determined

 

Description

Behaviour

Shrews live a fast and furious life entirely focused on consuming enough food to fuel their high metabolism.  It is active both day and night throughout the year eating its weight in food everyday.  They are insectivores with teeth specially designed for grasping and cutting its prey.  Shrews of the sorex family are some of the only terrestrial mammals known to echolocate. 

Diet

Insects including pupae, eggs, larvae, and dormant adults.

Sights and sounds

front trackShrew hindtrack

 

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Tracks

Front: 0.6 x 0.5 cm Hind: 0.8 x 0.5 cm

Sound

Squeak

 

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