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I agree with Gill, the tail looks rather thick as well.
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It might be the way the fur has been moved but it looks more 3-tone than 2-tone to me.
I always find the two-tone/three-tone distinction difficult to make in practice, especially if the fur is a bit wet or the animal is not in good light. So that's why I tend to look at the tail, body size and head shape to decide.
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have added a 2nd pic to see if it helps.
Still looks 3-toned to me, although the tail is quite long and chunky.
I can see where you are coming from with the tri-colour, especially with the second picture. The trouble is pictures can be deceptive, for example look at the pictures on the Mammal Society's species pages:
Here the pygmy shrew looks like it has more of a tri-colour than the common shrew.
It's a hard one to be absolutely sure on from pictures because the size falls within both species' size range (small common or large pygmy) and the tail appears to be only just over 3/4 of the body length - over 50% is most likely a pygmy shrew, over 3/4 definitely a pygmy shrew.
However, I'm sticking with pygmy as all characteristics point to a likely pygmy, except the side colours and that could be a consequence of wet/dry fur or the way it lay.
I suspect you're right Graham and I agree that colouring is a relatively unreliable differentiator, especially from photos.
The other ID method I've been taught (only really applicable to dead shrews) is to check the teeth. I think the 3rd tooth behind the upper bicuspid should be smaller than the first 2 on the Common and the same size on the Pygmy.
Yes, you've got it, the third pointed tooth is actually the fourth tooth in the upper jaw.
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If you've still got the body then go for it, the teeth are by far the best way to tell which species you have; I'm always prepared to be proven wrong!
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