Pygmy white-toothed shrew

Mammal

Pygmy white-toothed shrew (Suncus etruscus)

With only 2 - 3 g body weight and 5 cm body length, the Pygmy white-tooth shrew shares the title „smallest mammal of the world“ with the bumblebee bat. The shrew offers a number of superlatives: It has the fastest heartbeat (up to 1300 beats per minute) and draws up to 900 breaths per minute.
Due to their high metabolism, pygmy white-toothed shrews are constantly looking for food and eat up to 15 crickets or mealworms per day - amounting to 1.5 times their own body weight!


Category: Mammal

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

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