- Insect eating mammals are called insectivores. In Britain our wild insectivorous mammals include the hedgehog, water shrew, common shrew, pygmy shrew, greater white-toothed shrew, lesser white-toothed shrew and mole.
- They are all small ground (or underground) dwelling mammals.
- They have 5 clawed digits on each foot, important information when identifying paw prints, however, all 5 digits don’t always show up.
- They have pointed muzzles and sharp teeth for chewing through the exoskeletons of the insects they eat.
Find out more about Britain’s insect-eating mammals, including what field signs to look out for, here:
Hedgehog, Mole, Common shrew
Pygmy shrew, Water shrew