Scandinavian Mountains over 2000m - Flora & Fauna

Scandinavian Mountains over 2000 metres - James Baxter

Flora & FaunaMammals › Common Shrew

Sorex araneus, Common Shrew, Vanlig Spissmus. 7cm.

Common Shrew
Quite common in wooded valleys, but rarely seen. They seldom leave cover and spend most of the time in thick grass, scrub or bracken.

Their nest of grass is in a small burrow, often under a tussock or log. In winter they are underground most of the time.

They eat worms, slugs, insects and woodlice. They are solitary and aggressive except during the breeding season. They are good swimmers.

They can live up to 2 years, but few reach a year.