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Masked Shrew

Sorex cinereus
Photo by www.forestry.caf.wvu.edu

Habitat: Forests (deciduous or coniferous), tallgrass praire, or shrubby wooded areas.

Description: Dark brown backs, with lighter brown sides, and a pale belly.  Lighter coat in the winter.  They have a long, flexilbe snout, and tiny eyes.

Size: 7.1-11cm long, 2-6.6g

Diet: Primarily insects, but also slugs, snails, young mice, carrion and some vegetation.

Fun Facts: They use their snout and whiskers for navigation in the tall grass more than they use their eyes!

Source: Pattie, D. and C. Fisher. 1999.  Mammals of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

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Long-tailed Weasel
Mustela frenata
Cinnamon-brown summer coat with an  orange or buff belly.  The tail is half as long as the body with a black tip.  The coat turns entirely white in the winter except for the black tip on the tail.
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