American Pygmy Shrew

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderEulipotyphla
FamilySoricidae
GenusSorex
Binomial nameSorex hoi

Range Map

Description

The American pygmy shrew is a small mammal from the north of the continent.  Their color ranges from reddish-brown to grayish brown, and the pygmy has a light color on their underbody.  This species of shrew measures up to 5 cm and weighs from just 2 to 4.5 g. 

The American pygmy shrew is an insectivore and will eat insects and larvae.  They live in coniferous and deciduous forests, with a lifespan of about 16 to 17 months.