Any small insectivore of the genus Sorex and several allied genera of the family Sorecidæ. In form and color they resemble mice, but they have a longer and more pointed nose. Some of them are the smallest of all mammals.
Any of several species of small, insectivorous mammals of the family Soricidæ. Represented in the North Country by five species, Short Tail Shrew ( Blarina brevicauda), Pygmy Shrew ( Microsorex hoyi), Arctic Shrew ( Sorex arcticus), Masked Shrew ( Sorex cinereus), and Water Shrew ( Sorex palustris). Not remotely mouselike in anything save appearance, shrews are high-strung bundles of energy that must consume several times their weight in food each day to survive.
Shrews are small, superficially mouse-like mammals of the family Soricidae. Although their external appearance is generally that of a long-nosed mouse, the shrews are not rodents and not closely related: the shrew family is part of the order Soricomorpha. Shrews have feet with five clawed toes, unlike rodents, which have four.