This is a poisonous
mammal which is related to the mole. It looks like a mouse and its body
length is about 7-10 cm. It has a long tail, nearly 12 cm. The nasal part
of its muzzle is filed off like a trunk. It has an underground, ground
or amphibian way of life and feeds on insects, spiders, worms, snails,
etc. It bears 3-8 babies in the spring and autumn. It is a very timid animal,
with the exception of Blarina brevicauda, and one can meet it rarely.
Only the North American short-tailed
Blarina brevicauda, the big European aquatic Neomys fodiens
and the little European aquatic Neamys anomalus have proved poisonous.
The poison is in the front teeth of the animal and flows out during biting.
The poison causes paralysis and death to small mammals. In humans may occur
a weak local inflammation on the site of the bite but there are no documented
cases of death except in gypsy folklore.
Did you know that: One of
the most aggressive animals in the world is the tiny mouselike North American
short-tailed Blarina brevicauda. It is in a permanent state of raging
and swallows an unbelievably great amount of insects, spiders, worms and
snails every day. If it doesnt get food for two hours, it starts eating