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Develop With Care - Pacific Water Shrew

The Pacific Water Shrew (Sorex bendirii) has velvet-like dark brown to black fur with a dark brown tail and is also known as the Marsh Shrew. These shrews are excellent swimmers; air bubbles trapped by the fringe of hairs on their feet provide enough buoyancy to enable them to run on the surface of the water for up to five seconds! They eat aquatic insects, worms, and mollusks found in aquatic and riparian areas, using their sensitive whiskers and flexible snout to find food and explore their environment. They often nest in fallen logs, either under the bark or in old cavities.

Develop With Care 2012 Factsheet #20 Pacific Water Shrew

image credit Denis Knopp



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