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Set B5 - British Wild Life - card information

30. The Water Shrew
(Neomys fodiens)

30. The Water Shrew

The water shrew is a beautiful little animal, clad in black velvet with a white underneath, that lives at the waterside and feeds on grubs, aquatic insects and the small things of damp places. The water shrew is an expert swimmer and dives with ease, when bubbles of air caught in its fur make it look like a pencil of quicksilver. Like all the shrews this species is very keen and active, racing and chasing around with great energy. If strangers meet they may go for one another and fight desperately, indeed they will probably battle to death.