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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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Least Chipmunk
Tamius minimus

Three dark, and two light stripes on the face, five dark and four light stripes on its body. Overall color is reddish brown. They have extremely long tails compared to body length.

 

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