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.