North American Least Shrew

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderEulipotyphla
FamilySoricidae
GenusCryptotis
Binomial nameCryptotis parva

Range Map

Description

The least shrew is from the eastern United States and southeastern Mexico. Their color varies from gray to brown with a lighter color on the underbody.

The North American least shrew measures from 7 to 9 cm and weigh from 4 to 7g.

The least shrew eats carcasses, seeds, fruits, and insects. They live in grasslands with forest edges.

Their lifespan is one year in the wild and 2.6 years in captivity.