Masked Shrew

Sorex cinereus


Lives in a variety of habitat types, with a preference for moist woodland with leaf cover and logs.

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This carnivore primarily eats caterpillars, grubs, slugs, and spiders, using grassy and leafy cover to hunt prey.

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Distinctive Characteristics

A small rodent with a pointed nose, long tail, and musky odor. The masked shrew is one of the smallest mammals in Maine, about 3-4 inches in length.

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Owl, snakes, and weasels.

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Active year-round, day and night.

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Reproduction & Family Structure

Multiple litters of five to seven young per year, born anytime from March through September.

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