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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

Canada Thistle
Cirsium arvense
Alternate, oblong leaves that have spiny lobes (prickles) all along the outside.  Purple or pink flowers that may be spiny at the top.  Look like pink furry balls on the top of the plant.
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