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Northern Short-Tailed Shrew

Common Name: Northern Short-Tailed Shrew
Northern Short-Tailed Shrew
Northern Short-Tailed Shrew

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Euilpotyphia
Family: Soricidae
Genus: Blarina
Species: Blarina brevcauda

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Northern short-tailed shrews are 3-4" long and dark grey in color. Their tails are hairless. Their burrows have 1" wide openings and they leave behind tracks 1/4" wide with a dragging tail and 5 toes.

Habitat & Range

These shrews are found throughout forested areas of eastern Canada and United States as well as in marshes and fields.


Northern short-tailed shrews spend their time creating and roaming underground tunnels. They use leaves and other organic matter to build nests within the tunnels.

Life Cycle

Young shrews are born and reach maturity after 30 days old. They can live up to 3 years old, however most live only a year and a half in the wild.

Featured image by Gilles Gonthier


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