Soricidae – Shrews

While they may appear small and unimportant, shrews are among the most voracious predators on our planet

Shrews exist worldwide except for Australia, southern South America, and polar regions. Even though they look like mice, they are not rodents.

Most shrews are tiny and have even smaller eyes. Due to their tinyness, shrews have a very high metabolic rate that keeps them always hungry. Some shrews are poisonous as well, allowing them to kill larger prey. Even though most shrews live in moist microhabitats, some have been found in deserts, and few are also aquatic.