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!
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