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Pygmy Shrew

Sorex hoyi
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Habitat: Moist or dry forests and open areas.  Deep spruce woods, bogs, grassy or brushy areas, cattails and rocky slopes.

Description: reddish or greyish brown back, with a lighter belly.  They are extremely tiny, with pointy noses.

Size: 2.7-3.3 cm long, 2.5-6.3g

Diet: larval and adult insects, earthworms, snails, slugs, and carrion.

Fun Facts: It weighs no more than a penny, but can eat 3 times their body weight in one day.

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

area wildlife + plants

Wild Bergamont-Horsemint
Monarda fistulosa

Also called: M. menthifolia, M. bradburiana

Habitat: Semi-shaded woods, moist meadows, ditches, thickeys, coulee slopes, floodplains.Common in the southern half of Alberta & in the Peace River country.

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