Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Vagrant Shrew

Sorex vagrans
The Vagrant Shrew is a medium-sized Shrew that has a wide range across the western parts of Canada and the United States. They live in all kinds of habitats, ranging from forests to grasslands, but they tend to prefer drier, scrub-like areas.

One really interesting fact about Vagrant Shrews is that they use a form of echolocation! Granted, it isn't used to hunt, like in Bats or Dolphins, but they emit high frequency noises in order to orient themselves.

Vagrant Shrews get their name from the measures that they will take to find food. They utilize tunnels and runways created by other creatures, and feed on all sorts of invertebrates, as well as on plants and fungi.

IUCN Status : Least Concern
Location : Western Canada and United States
Size : Body Length up to 3in (10cm)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Mammalia -- Order : Soricomorpha
Family : Soricidae -- Genus : Sorex -- Species : S. vagrans

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