IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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The pygmy shrew is the smallest mammal of Western Europe. Although it is found in many places on the mainland, it is only found on the Wadden Islands of Terschelling, Ameland, Borkum, Nordeney and Wangerooge. Pygmy shrews eat insects, spiders, insect larvae and sometimes carrion. They are constantly hungry and need to consume up to twice their own weight per day, due to their extremely high metabolism. Pygmy shrews are not eaten often by other animals, probably because they aren't very tasty.


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