One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large semiaquatic shrew that preys on aquatic invertebrates.
Four genera, family Soricidae: several species, in particular the American water shrew (Sorex palustris) and the Eurasian water shrew (Neomys fodiens)
- ‘In addition to the solenodon, the only mammals that use venom today are the North American short-tailed shrew, the Eurasian water shrew, and the Australian duck-billed platypus.’
- ‘Kleptoparasitism has been reported in several species; the victims included blackbirds, song thrushes, water shrews, hawks and tree snakes.’
- ‘Today they are an ideal habitat for many creatures including water shrews.’
- ‘For example, northern water shrews are primarily found near wetland habitats including streams with overhanging banks, grass-sedge marshes, and shrub zones bordering streams and ponds.’
- ‘The water shrew of Eurasia weakens its aquatic prey (snails, mollusks, and freshwater insects) with a similar saliva poison.’
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