small creature spotted by a river while walking the south downs
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I would think that a Water Shrew would appear darker than this. However I've little comparative experience.
This is not a Water Shrew, which is sharply black and white.
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There's a hint of brown there. The tail is too long for a water shrew too. It's a Common Shrew.
It's interesting that I seem to see more dead shrews than voles, rats or mice. I suspect it's either down to high populations or to shrews tasty nasty.
The demarcation of colour between upper and lower body is very marked isn't it? I can see why Sheila thought water shrew (but it does look too brown for that too).
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I'm not a hundred percent sure but I think this is a pygmy shrew based on the long tail (looks almost as long as the body) and the clear demarcation between the upper and lower fur colour.
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