Species Details

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Scientific Name : Suncus murinus
Family : Soricidae
Order : Eulipotyphla
Class : Mammalia
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Asian house shrew, Asian musk shrew, brown musk shrew
Habitat : Forest, Savanna, Shrubland, Grassland, Wetlands (inland)
Description : The Asian house shrew is relatively small, typically measuring between 7 and 10 cm in length, with a tail that is roughly the same length.

The shrew has short, dense fur that is typically brownish-gray in color. It has a pointed snout and small, beady eyes.

The Asian house shrew is an omnivore, feeding on a variety of insects, small animals, fruits, and grains.

As the name suggests, the Asian house shrew is commonly found in and around human dwellings, but it is also known to inhabit forests and other natural habitats.

The shrew is a nocturnal animal, active primarily at night. It is also known for its high-pitched vocalizations, which are used for communication.

The shrew is known for its relatively short gestation period, typically lasting just 21 to 24 days. Females can give birth to litters of up to 10 young at a time.

The Asian house shrew has several adaptations that help it survive in its environment, including a high metabolism, a strong sense of smell, and a specialized digestive system that allows it to extract nutrients from tough plant material.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Asad U. Tanvir,Department of Zoology,Jagannath University,Dhaka; reviewed by:Muntasir Akash,Department of Zoology,University of Dhaka;Taxonomic Checklist:Red List of Bangladesh Volume 2: Mammals, 2015, IUCN; information sources:Wikipedia , iucnredlist.org; photo credit:Hoi Ling Cheng(www.inaturalist.org/people/johnallcock), photo copyright: iNaturalist.more information please contact with us.