Pygmy Shrew (Dallóg Fhraoigh) -- : is
and it is the only shrew found here.
It is only half the length of a mouse and weighs less than a 10p coin. It
length is on average about 92 mm, of which 38 mm is its tail. Its average
weight is about 3.5 grams. This is about half the length and a quarter the
weight of an average mouse. The Pygmy Shrew has velvet like fur, is
dark brown in colour
and has a pink snout with long whiskers all around it.
It has very poor eyesight and it hunts by smell and by touch.
When looking for food it uses it's nose and feeds on grasshoppers,
,worms, snails and woodlice. The
Pygmy Shrew spends most of the day
searching for food
and when hunting it often squeaks.
It is often found in long grass. It breeds from April to October and it
for about 1 year. The Pygmy Shrew
sleeps in grass nests and they hunt
paths and tunnels in grass roots.
male Pygmy Shrew has big stink glands and that
main area in Ireland to find the Pygmy Shrew is in
Some people say that the shrew can poison when he
bites but this is not true.
However, the common and the pygmy shrew
suffer from fleas. It belongs to the same family of animals as the
and the hedgehog. It is often eaten by owls, foxes or larger mammals.