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Lesser Musk Shrew

wildlife of Namibia

Introduction: The lesser red musk shrew (Crocidura hirta) is a predominately nocturnal creature, known to be fairly active in the morning and at dusk. Their habitat range is reasonably diverse from mountain forest, savannah and Kalahari woodland to bushveld, but in the cover of debris such as garden refuse or dead wood. Self-grooming is done by scratching itself with the hindfeet and using the forepaws for face-washing. They make saucer shaped nests from grass, usually under cover. Predators include the grass owl and the barn owl, as well as the black-necked cobra.

Distribution: North-eastern and south-eastern Kalahari Desert areas of Namibia. Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip), Chobe River and Okavango Delta.

Diet: Snails and termites.

Colouring: Creamish-brown fur.

Breeding: Male and female lesser red musk shrews breed between September to May. Gestation period is around 22 days and litter sizes are between 2 and 5.

Size: Head and body length 90mm, tail 50mm. Weight: 16g.

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