[NAFEX] Re: Rob Hamilton's "rodent"
lostman_amiga at yahoo.com
Mon Dec 20 10:24:22 EST 2004
Thanks for the info..
Can you suggest any way to encorage them in my yard?
--- Jim Fruth <jfruth at uslink.net> wrote:
> Your "rodent" is really not a rodent. It is a
> shrew, an insectivor from
> the family Soricidae. They are the world's smallest
> mammals whose primary
> diet is insects. They have a very high metabolic
> rate and some species need
> to eat the equivalent of their own body weight every
> day - that's alot of
> insects that we don't need to contend with. When
> there are no flying
> insects, ie. in Winter, they seek out pupae and
> dormant larvae. Their main
> defense against predators - a foul smell - deters
> carnivorous mammals, but
> not birds of prey. They have poor eyesight and,
> when provoked, will attack
> anything, regardless of size. They are beneficials.
> Jim Fruth
> Pequot Lakes, MN
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