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Common Shrew with talon marks?

Observed: 24th June 2013 By: Paul FosterPaul Foster’s reputation in MammalsPaul Foster’s reputation in MammalsPaul Foster’s reputation in Mammals
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Description:

Unfortunately a deceased example, but with what appears to be talon marks, so maybe it was dropped by an owl or kestrel.

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the naturalist man's picture

Shrew

The length of the tail appears to be over 50% of the body and relatively thick, you have a pygmy shrew rather than a common shrew.

As for the marks? Could just as easily be my old friend a cat, or any mammal predator. Indeed it is more likely a mammal predator as shrews taste nasty so a mammal biting one tends to drop it as soon as it gets a taste of the shrew. Raptor and owl talons lock once they have hold of a prey item so it is extremely rare they drop food.

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Pygmy shrew

Agree pygmy shrew on basis of longer, thick, hairy tail. If you post an updated ID Paul I'll agree with it.

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the naturalist man's picture

Pygmy shrews

Pygmy shrews can grow up to 60mm plus a 45mm tail, so there is a significant overlap with common shrews.

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