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American Water Shrew


Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

Binomial nameSorex palustris

Range Map


The American water shrew is a semiaquatic mammal found in the western part of North America.

They are also called the Pacific water shrew or the marsh shrew. Their color is dark brown.

They measure about 16 cm and weighs from 14.5 to 16 g. This species of shrew are insectivores eating spiders, bugs, worms, centipedes, and termites.

The American water shrew lives in forests and near water bodies, such as marshes, with a lifespan of about 18 months.