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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.

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Arctic Blue
Agriades franklinii

Habitat:  The Arctic Blue can be found throughout Alberta, except for in the mountains.  The Arctic Blue prefers open, dry, sandy places and gets its name from its large habitat range that continues all the way into the Arctic islands.

Description:  Mostly a dingy blue in color, on the underside of the hind wings can be found white spotting

Size:  25-30mm...

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