Pygmy Shrew Sorex minutus
- Narrow pointy snout with obvious whiskers
- Inconspicous ears
- Tail length is more than 50% of the length of the body and head
- Brown coloured fur all over the body which has a two-toned colour (mid-brown back, paler underside)
- Domed head
Pygmy shrews can be found in almost any habitat with sufficient vegetation cover, most commonly in hedgerows, scrub, grassland and deciduous woodland.
Comparison of Common shrew (top) and Pygmy
Note the relatively longer tail of the Pygmy shrew
Other identification clues
Pygmy shrew bones can be recorded in owl pellets. Like all Derbyshire species of shrews, they have red tips to the teeth.
Photos: Steve Lonsdale