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Common Shrew

Observed: 25th May 2013 By: retreevalretreeval’s reputation in Mammalsretreeval’s reputation in Mammals

body about 70mm long

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An interesting one. The tail looks to be over two thirds the length of the body making it a pygmy shrew. However, your measure shows it is too big, also you can clearly see the fur is darker on the back than the sides, with paler fur underneath, pygmy shrew goes from darkish on the back to pale underside. In addition the tail looks relatively thin for a pygmy shrew.

Therefore either this common shrew has a long tail or it's an optical illusion.

Graham Banwell

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