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Beasts Begone! Appendix A: Animal Identification

Short-tailed Shrew

Small (less than 1 oz.) mammal with an elongated snout, dense lead-colored fur, small eyes, and no external ears. Active day and night. Occasional invader of basements, wall voids, attics, and miscellaneous crawl spaces.

Access Routes

Physical cover near the foundation can facilitate access; check firewood stacks, debris piles, and crawl spaces under decks or additions. Trees and bushes adjacent to buildings might also be used.

Entry Sites

Usually small openings around the foundation. Possibly openings around roofline are also used.

Sounds

Squeaking.

Fecal Droppings

Dark, elongated, granular, up to 1 inch long, often in piles and cork-screw shaped.

Odor

Pungent.

Hair

Gray; 1/8 to 1/4 inch long.

Tracks: shrew   Front: 1/4 in.  Hind: 1/4 in.