Tundra Shrew

Tundra Shrew

Taxobox
name = Tundra ShrewMSW3 Hutterer | pages = 298]
status = LR/lc
status_system = iucn2.3
status_ref =IUCN2006|assessors=Insectivore Specialist Group|year=1996|id=41422|title=Sorex tundrensis|downloaded=9 May 2006 Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern]
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Mammalia
ordo = Soricomorpha
familia = Soricidae
genus = "Sorex"
species = "S. tundrensis"
binomial = "Sorex tundrensis"
binomial_authority = Merriam, 1900
The Tundra Shrew ("Sorex tundrensis") is a small shrew found in Alaska, the northern Yukon and eastern Russia. At one time, this animal was considered to be a subspecies of the Arctic Shrew ("Sorex arcticus").

It is dark brown on its back with pale brown sides and grey underparts. Its tail is brown on top and lighter brown below. Its fur grows longer for winter. Its body is about convert|12|cm in length including a convert|4|cm long tail. It weighs about convert|11|g.

This animal is found on hillsides with shrubs or grassy vegetation or dry ridges near marshes or bogs.

It eats insects, worms and grasses. Predators include hawks and owls.

This animal is active day and night year-round, burrowing through the snow in winter. It mates during the spring. 4 to 8 young are born in a nest under a log or in a crevice.

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