Asian house shrew
A large and widespread species of shrew which often enters buildings and has a strange jangling call.
15cm long, not including the tail, and weighing 106g.
A large shrew, uniform greyish brown in colour with a thick, tapering tail. Like all shrews it has a long, mobile snout. Musk glands on its flanks which give it a distinctive smell.
Widespread throughout Asia, as well as many Pacific islands, and has been introduced to north eastern Africa.
Fields, grain stores and houses.
Insects and other invertebrates.
House shrews, as their name suggests, are mainly found near human habitation, where they are useful in eating invertebrate pests.
Breeding takes place throughout the year, with females usually bearing two litters per year. The litter size is 1-5, usually 3.
The house shrew makes a sound like jangling coins, and is sometimes called 'the money shrew'.