A shrew poking out from under a rock by Gilles Gonthier

Where are they from?

Shrews are found in the midwestern, southern, and eastern United States. The Northern short-tailed shrew is the species found in Kentucky.

What do they eat?

Shrews have to eat a lot every day (half of their body weight!) to sustain themselves. They are carnivores, so they feast on invertebrates like insects. They will also eat other small mammals.

How do they act?

Shrews are nocturnal, meaning they are most active at night. They search in and around other animal’s burrows for food.

Are they endangered?

Northern short-tailed shrews are listed as “Least Concern” on the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

Mammal Moment

Shrews are only 4 to 5 inches long, but they can attack and kill prey their own size! They’re tough!


What if humans had eyes as small as shrew’s?