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The Etruscan Shrew
) , also known as the Etruscan Pygmy Shrew
or the White-toothed Pygmy Shrew
is the smallest known mammal
by mass, weighing only about 2 grams, although the smallest known mammal
by skull size is the Bumblebee Bat
. The smallest mature specimens of this shrew
are thought to weigh about 1.3 grams and measure 36 mm (1.42 inches) long. This small mammal
is 60 mm from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail; the tail is about 40 mm long. This shrew
has a lifespan of 15 months. The Etruscan Shrew
inhabits forests and brush areas between Southern Asia and Southern Europe. A forager, the Etruscan Shrew
subsists largely upon insects.
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