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Of the diverse 250 worldwide species, 30 types of shrews live in North America. The most abundant species include the Northern short-tailed, masked, least, desert, and pygmy shrews. They are among the smallest mammals in the world and remain active year-round during both day and night hours. Though their insectivore diets often benefit humans, shrews are also capable of a certain amount of destruction and persist as nuisance pests wherever they are present.
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While they share characteristics with mice, such as size, shrews are distinctive animals. They have elongated snouts, long and narrow skulls, small eyes, sparsely haired tails, and five clawed toes on each of their feet. They are typically uniform in color and their velvety soft fur often appears darker in the winter. Common colorations include brown, black, and gray. The average adult shrew grows about 5 inches (120 mm) long, and males are slightly larger than females.
Insects make up a huge portion of shrew diets. They regularly feast on beetles, butterfly and moth larvae, wasps, crickets, grasshoppers, spiders, snails, earthworms, slugs, centipedes, and millipedes. Some species, like the northern short-tailed shrew, produce venom that allows them to immobilize and eat larger prey like frogs, snakes, mice, birds, and salamanders. Finally, select types of shrews forage for seeds, roots, and vegetable matter.
Abundantly distributed creatures, shrews are found in a variety of habits in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Favorite nesting locations include brushy woodlands, bogs, marshes, cultivated fields, flower and vegetable gardens, meadows, and along river banks. Though nesting habits do differ slightly from species to species, many shrews prefer to construct tunnels or inhabit those left over by moles and voles.