Common Shrew

Sorex araneus

Nottinghamshire Mammals


Could be confused with the smaller Pygmy Shrew. Has a three tone brown coat, dark on the back with paler sides and paler still underside. Tail is about half of the length of the head and body. Head not particularly domed.

It's presence is often given away by its rapid and high pitched calls

Widespread in the county recorded from 25 out of 35 hectads (19 since 2010) but is very under recorded. An excellent climber, it is often found in bird and dormouse nest boxes.

Photograph Paul Adams

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