Etruscan shrew

Meet the world’s smallest mammal but a fierce predator

Lies Van Rompaey

If you thought your neighbor’s chihuahua was tiny, wait till you meet the Etruscan shrew – the world’s smallest mammal! This itty-bitty wonder measures just 4 cm (2 in) in length and weighs a whopping 2 g (0.071 oz). But don’t let its size fool you – the Etruscan shrew is a feisty and fierce predator, hunting insects, spiders, and even small vertebrates with its lightning-fast reflexes.

But this tiny terror is facing a big challenge – habitat loss and fragmentation due to human activities. As the shrew’s natural habitat disappears, so do its chances of survival. It’s time to step up and protect this tiny wonder of nature. By preserving their habitats and reducing our environmental impact, we can ensure that the Etruscan shrew continues to thrive and inspire us with its pint-sized prowess.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Afghanistan
2016
Albania
2016
Algeria
2016
Andorra
2016
Presence Uncertain
Armenia
2016
Presence Uncertain
Azerbaijan
2016
Bahrain
2016
Bhutan
2016
Bosnia And Herz.
2016
Brunei
2016
Presence Uncertain
Bulgaria
2016
China
2016
Croatia
2016
Cyprus
2016
Egypt
2016
Ethiopia
2016
France
2016
Georgia
2016
Gibraltar
2016
Presence Uncertain
Greece
2016
Guinea
2016
India
2016
Indonesia
2016
Presence Uncertain
Iran
2016
Iraq
2016
Israel
2016
Italy
2016
Jordan
2016
Kuwait
2016
Presence Uncertain
Laos
2016
Lebanon
2016
Libya
2016
Madagascar
2016
Introduced
Malaysia
2016
Malta
2016
Monaco
2016
Presence Uncertain
Montenegro
2016
Morocco
2016
Myanmar
2016
Nepal
2016
Nigeria
2016
North Macedonia
2016
Oman
2016
Pakistan
2016
Portugal
2016
Slovenia
2016
Spain
2016
Introduced: Canary Is.
Sri Lanka
2016
Syria
2016
Tajikistan
2016
Thailand
2016
Tunisia
2016
Turkey
2016
Turkmenistan
2016
Uzbekistan
2016
Presence Uncertain
Vietnam
2016
Yemen
2016

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No