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Smoky Shrew


Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

Binomial nameSorex fumeus

Range Map


The smoky shrew is a nocturnal mammal that lives in eastern North America. They normally use tunnels from other moles or shrews, but rarely dig their own.

The smoky shrew is grayish-brown with a lighter underbody. They measure about 11 cm with a weight of 5g.

The smoky shrew is an insectivore that eats beetles, spiders, bugs, snails, insects, fungi, centipedes, worms, and larvae.

They live in coniferous and deciduous forests, marshes, swamps, and grasslands. Their lifespan is 14 to 17 months.