Shrews are small mammals about the size of mice. They have small eyes, long snouts and dense fur with uniform color. They also have five clawed toes on each foot and dark-tipped small teeth. Many times, their feces are shaped like a corkscrew.
In contrast to shrews, mice have four toes on their front feet and larger eyes than the shrew. Moles are related to shrews but are larger in size. Both shrews and moles belong to the taxonomic order Insectivora, whereas mice and rats belong to the order Rodentia.
There are different shrew species are located all over North America. They nest in outdoor burrows near low-lying shrubbery and globular nests made of shredded leaves. They can range up to 1.5 acres
Shrews are more active at night than during the day. Daily food is insects, beetles, spiders, meats, birds, mice, and small snakes. They can damage roots and trees by their gnawing activity.
How do I get rid of shrews, just use a trap? What bait should I use?
Use peanut butter and rolled oats. Adding a bit of hamburger or bacon grease may also help. Victor Mice Snap Traps work well for trapping shrews.
Table 1. Shrews of the United States, the US Territories, and Canada (from Banks et al. 1987, and Jones et al. 1992). Univ of Nebraska-Lincoln, Robert Schmidt
Northern short-tailed shrew
Southern short-tailed shrew
Elliot’s short-tailed shrew
Glacier Bay water shrew
Pacific water or Marsh shrew
Cinereus or Masked shrew
Long-tailed or Rock shrew
Maryland or Eastern shrew
Pribilof Island shrew
St. Lawrence Island shrew
Mt. Lyell shrew
Montane or Dusky shrew
Northern water shrew
Barren ground shrew
For more information on shrews, go to Shrews-Digital Commons at University of Nebraska-Lincoln