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Set B5 - British Wild Life - card information

31. The Lesser or Pigmy Shrew
(Sorex minutus)

31. The Lesser or Pigmy Shrew

A pencil-thickness of life, fur and hectic energy, the lesser or pigmy shrew is a widespread yet little known animal. Shrews are highly specialised hunters, living on insects, grubs and so on, and have no kinship with the rodents, yet they are sometimes spoken of as "Shrew mice". There are three species on the mainland of Britain, the black and white water shrew, the grey-brown common shrew and the pigmy shrew, which is the smallest of living mammals. But it has spirit out of all proportion to its size, racing and chasing its tiny quarry with amazing ferocity.