Greater white-toothed shrew (Crocidura russula)
Habitat: In hedgerows, grassland, cultivated areas and woodland with a preference for human settlements and farm buildings.
Description: Upper surface greyish reddish brown, ventral surface yellowish grey. Prominent ears, tail has long white hairs on it.
Size: Head to body length 60-90mm, tail 33-46mm.
Origin and distribution: Not found on mainland Britain, found on islands including Guernsey, Alderney and Herm.
Diet: Wide range of invertebrates taken: woodlice; snails; slugs and spiders. Caterpillars and earthworms eaten more frequently in the winter.
General Ecology: Constructed from dry grass near rocks and thick grass to shelter them.
Mostly active during the day. Can be aggressive towards strangers if scared.
Predators are barn owls, stoats and domestic cats.
Breeding: Litter size 2-11 mean normally 3. February- October. Females reach sexual maturity dependant upon weight gained. Can produce up to 8 litters in a lifetime.
Conservation Status: Found on islands such as Guernsey. Stable population as deemed least concern on IUCN Red List.