Shrews are the world's smallest mammals. They are often mistaken for young mice but are actually easy to distinguish. Shrews have short, dense fur, long pointed noses and sharp, pointed teeth that differ from the chisel-like teeth of mice. Also, the opening for the shrews' ears is often concealed by the fur.

Ounce for ounce, shrews may be the most fearless, aggressive animals on earth. They will attack snakes, birds and mice many times their size. It is believed that they also feed on baby moles which may help keep these pests in control.

Overall, these are very beneficial creatures and should not be needlessly destroyed.

 

Note: We have provided some general information and observations on this topic aimed at the home gardener. Before you take any serious action in your landscape, check with your state's land grant university's Cooperative Extension Service for the most current, appropriate, localized recommendations.

 

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