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Cinereus Shrew


Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

Binomial nameSorex cinereus

Range Map


The cinereus shrew is also known as the masked or common shrew..  They are a small, nocturnal, and solitary animal.  Their color is grayish-brown with a lighter grayish color in the underbody. They measure about 9 cm, with a weight of just 5g and a lifespan of just 14 months.

The cinereus shrew is a carnivore and eats insect larvae, ants, grasshoppers, crickets, spiders, worms, snails, small rodents, and salamanders. They live in grasslands, forests, riverbanks, lakeshores, and tundra in the northern part of North America.