Eurasian Pygmy Shrew

Dimensioned collection of scaled drawings of Eurasian Pygmy Shrew in various poses

The Eurasian Pygmy Shrew (Sorex minutus) is the second smallest mammal in the world as they weigh less than an ounce and have a tiny body. The Pygmy Shrew has a narrow head with a pointed nose and whiskers. They are native to Britain and Ireland. The Eurasian Pygmy Shrew also needs to be constantly eating as it has a fast metabolism. Pygmy shrews are active both day and night. Their diet mostly consists of insects and insect larvae.

Set of plan and front illustrations of the Eurasian Pygmy Shrew

Eurasian Pygmy Shrews have a shoulder height of .8”-1.2” (2-3 cm), body length between 1.8”-2.4” (4.5-6 cm), and an overall weight in the range of .09-.21 oz (2.5-6 g). The tail of the Eurasian Pygmy Shrew is .8”-1.6” (2-4 cm) in length. Eurasian Pygmy Shrews have a typical lifespan of 1-2 years.


*Under Development*

.8”-1.2” | 2-3 cm
1.8”-2.4” | 4.5-6 cm
.09-.21 oz | 2.5-6 g
Tail Length:
.8”-1.6” | 2-4 cm
Scientific Name:
Sorex minutus
1-2 years


Drawings include:

Eurasian Pygmy Shrew side elevation (standing), front (standing), side (sitting), top

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Eulipotyphla is a mammalian order that includes moles, shrews, hedgehogs, and other species. These mammals are generally smaller, ground-dwelling, and feed on invertebrates. The Eulipotyphla are characterized by primitive teeth, poor intellect, small eyes, narrow muzzles, and good hearing and smell.