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Brief Summary

    Lesser white-toothed shrew: Brief Summary
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    The lesser white-toothed shrew (Crocidura suaveolens) is a tiny shrew with a widespread distribution in Africa, Asia and Europe. Its preferred habitat is scrub and gardens and it feeds on insects, worms, slugs, snails, newts and small rodents. The closely related Asian lesser white-toothed shrew (Crocidura shantungensis) was once included in this species, but is now considered to be a separate species.

    Like the common shrew, a female lesser white-toothed shrew and her young may form a "caravan" when foraging for food or seeking a place of safety; each shrew grips the tail of the shrew in front so that the group stays together.

Comprehensive Description

Life Expectancy

    Lifespan, longevity, and ageing
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    Maximum longevity: 2.7 years (captivity) Observations: One anecdotal report, which may be true, claimed that one wild-caught female lived 2.3 years in captivity and may have been over 3 years old at the time of death (http://members.chello.at/natura/shrew/index.html). It is also possible, though unverified, that these animals live up to 4 years (Ernest 2003), just like similar species. Females may mate as young as 2 months of age. Males typically mate in their second year of life.