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short-tailed shrew

noun
1.
a grayish-black shrew, Blarina brevicauda, common in eastern North America, that has a tail less than half the length of the body.
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  • Among mammals, our tiny short-tailed shrew uses venom for subduing prey.
  • Also known as small short-tailed shrew and bee shrew.
Encyclopedia Article for short-tailed shrew

any of three species of North American insectivores that resemble voles in body form. All have minute, degenerate eyes and small ears concealed in the fur. Within the moderately long and pointed muzzle are reddish-tipped teeth. Blarina species are among the largest North American shrews, weighing up to 30 grams (1.1 ounces), with a body 8 to 11 cm (3 to 4 inches) long. The dense, soft, and velvety fur is brownish gray, slate, or black on the upperparts and slightly paler on the underparts. The short, furred tail and feet are gray. The coat is glossy

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