IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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The Pygmy Srew is able to thrive in a great variety of habitats and vegetation types. It can live where the environment is wet, dry, cold, or warm. This tiny animal exudes a strong musky-smelling substance. It is very agile and can jump as high as 110 mm. Its snout is long, with conspicuous whiskers, and is constantly in motion. Pygmy Shrews have a variety of calls, including purrs, whispers, squeaks, and high-pitched whistling sounds. Snakes, hawks, cats, and foxes all prey on them, and they, in turn, prey on small arthropods and worms, and eat some plant matter.

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Source: Smithsonian's North American Mammals

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