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Water Shrew

Observed: 15th October 2011 By: Natterjacktoad
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Water Shrew Nips
Description:

Trapped on a Small Mammal Course - in woodland near fresh water. (I didn't drop it!)

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Masked Marvel's picture

Venomous

Nice observation. Water shrews are supposed to have venomous saliva. Did you have an effects from the bite?

Natterjacktoad's picture

It didn't actually break the

It didn't actually break the skin! I wouldn't normally handle a shrew but my students wanted a closer look.

Sarah Patton

the naturalist man's picture

Water shrew

The relatively large size and clean line between the black back and white underside indicate this is a water shrew. Masked Marvel is right, watch that bite!

Graham Banwell

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