Dusky Shrew

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The  Dusky Shrew of the BC coastal region

Dusky Shrew
Dusky Shrew, Photo By Bud Logan

The dusky shrew can be found throughout Vancouver Island, with its range stretching from Alaska to Mexico. It lives in a wide variety of habitats, including: grasslands, damp meadows, swamps, and along rivers & streams.

It is most common in areas of dense cover, and least seen in open expanses.

Adults of this species can reach lengths of 108 mm. Males weigh up to 5.5 g, with females being a bit larger, reaching weights of about 6.5 g.

They were at one time thought to be a subspecies of the vagrant shrew, but is now considered to be a species all of its own.

They are larger and paler in color, than the vagrant shrew.

 

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