• Gestation period: 21-23 days
• Litter Size: 3-6
• Young weaned: 20-23 days after birth
• Typical Foods: insects and other small animals like earthworms, slugs, and snails
The fur of this shrew is dense, velvety, and cinnamon in color. The least shrew’s color and extremely short tail help to distinguish it from other shrews.
Habitat and Habits
The least shrew prefers open, grass-covered or brushy areas. It can also be found in marshes.
Reproduction and Care of the Young
Least shrews nest under debris, underground, and sometimes in beehives. In Ohio, they breed from March to November, with more than one litter per year.