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Red-toothed Shrew

Observed: 14th January 2012 By: jeremyrjeremyr’s reputation in Mammalsjeremyr’s reputation in Mammalsjeremyr’s reputation in Mammals
Shrew
Shrew1
Pygmy Shrew
Pygmy Shrew 1
Description:

Caught by a cat 5 mins earlier, in a woodland garden bordering uncut fields.

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Gill Sinclair's picture

Pygmy shrew

I think that the length of the tail in relation to the body (>70%?) indicates that this is a pygmy shrew rather than common.

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jeremyr's picture

yes, sorry I had noted that

yes, sorry I had noted that difference but then forgot it, thanks
ps, do some common shrew look as dark as water shrew - we have both here and some of the cat kills have looked rather mole dark although seemingly only common shrew sized? (a 'dim view' indeed will be taken if they're taking the water shrew)(not my cat)

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pirayaguara's picture

It lacks the tufted tail one

It lacks the tufted tail one would expect on a juvenile common shrew and blowing up the original image on the fourth picture the dentition is that of a pygmy shrew