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Water Shrew Sorex palustris

Track Even this relatively large shrew seldom leaves recognizable tracks. Typical track is a series of tiny dots in mud at the edge of streamside rocks.

Sign Tracks and other signs are of limited usefulness in identifying shrews, both elements are tiny and not distinctive. Burrows are often so small they might be mistaken for tunnels of large earthworms, and prints are often blurred dots. Those interested in identifying the whereabouts of shrews should look for tiny burrow openings in the ground, in a bank, or in moss, or for runways of freshly disturbed soil under a log or under the lip of a bank.