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Asian House Shrew
Suncus murinus.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Genus:
Suncus
Species:
murinus
Asian House Shrew area.png
Asian house shrew range
(blue — native, red — introduced)
Synonyms

Sorex murinus Linnaeus, 1766
Suncus sacer Ehrenberg, 1832

The Asian house shrew (Suncus murinus) is a type of shrew. It is native to South and Southeast Asia. It is the largest type of shrew. It is a least concern species. It has been introduced in several West Asian and East African countries. It is an invasive species.

Description

The Asian house shrew is 100 mm and 150 mm long. An adult female weighs between 23.5 g and 82.0 g. An adult male weighs from 33.2 g to 147.3 g. It has short, dense fur. It is mid-grey to brownish-grey color.

Distribution and Habitat

The Asian house shrew is native to South and Southeast Asia. It was introduced to eastern Africa, Arabia, Madagascar, the Philippines and other islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

It is found in forests, agricultural lands, and in places with lots of human activity. It is also found in many houses and businesses. It is mainly a terrestrial animal.

Feeding

It is mainly an insectivore. It eats insects, mammals, plants and human food.

Behaviour

It very adaptable species. They are nocturnal. They are thought to mainly live by themselves.

Reproduction

They breed throughout the year. It gives birth to one to eight young ones. The gestation period is one month. It starts breeding when it is around one year old.

Relationships with humans

It helps to control the population of many pests. It is an invasive species. They compete with many types of plants and animals. It is also a pest. It can damage food and other materials found in homes and businesses.

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