Missouri Animals
Short-tailed shrew   (Blarina brevicauda)
Chordate: Vertebrate: Mammal: Insectivore: Shrews
Native North American mammal


Natural History:
The short-tailed lives in a variety of habitats, from forest to grassland, and meadow to garden. Their saliva is toxic and helps to subdue their prey after they bite. They are one of the few venomous mammals. It feeds primarily on insects and earthworms but also includes small vertebrates such as mice, salamanders, and snakes.

Photo from Missouri Conservationist, March 1993, pg 40
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