Where do shrews live?


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Shrews live in most parts of North America, from Georgia and central Nebraska in the U.S. to Nova Scotia and southern Saskatchewan in Canada. They thrive in marshes,woodlands and along the borders of fields.

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Shrews are relatively small and only reach lengths of 4 to 5 inches. These rodent-type animals prefer living in areas near cultivated fields and vegetable gardens or other spaces where there is a ready source of vegetation available. When the weather begins to turn cold and winter sets in, it is not uncommon for shrews to hole up in barns and sheds in order to keep warm. Shrews generally stay within their territory as long as food is present, and they feed on spiders and insects along with plant materials. In the fall, shrews begin storing food for winter.

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