With only 2 - 3 g body weight and 5 cm body length the common dwarf shrew shares the title of „smallest mammal of the world“ with the bumblebee bat. It offers a number of superlatives: with up to 1300 beats per minute and up to 900 breaths per minute it is the "top" of the the animal kingdom.
Thanks to their high metabolism common dwarf shrews are constantly looking for food and eat up to 15 crickets or mealworms per day - wich comes to 1.5 times their own body weight!
Weight: 2 - 3 g
Size: up to 5 cm
Age: up to 3 Years
Reproduction: 27 days, 2-6 cubs per litter, weaning after 17-20 days
gestation period: 27 - 28 days
food: insects, invertebrates
habitat: sparse forests, bush-covered areas, grasslands
Danger: not endangered