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Is this a mouse or a shrew

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MouseyMouser Mon 13-Jul-20 14:34:09

Because my house is bloody overrun angry

They are v bold. Think nothing of running around the living room even with 4 kids running around.

It’s a still from a video so a bit blurry but it looks too dark for a shrew, but nose too long for a mouse

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Kpo58 Mon 13-Jul-20 14:35:30

Definitely a shrew! grin

LaurieFairyCake Mon 13-Jul-20 14:36:07

I can't think why shrews would want to live inside though, usually they want to be outside in a way that mice don't ?

I'm no shrew expert, harridan maybe grin

CatherinedeBourgh Mon 13-Jul-20 14:36:12

Looks like a shrew to me. Is it very small?

Soubriquet Mon 13-Jul-20 14:36:50

That’s a shrew!

ElizabethMainwaring Mon 13-Jul-20 14:36:55

Shrew I'd say. How small is it? Shrews are only about 4 cm long (the ones I've seen).
I also think that mice and shrews are the same colour.

justanotherneighinparadise Mon 13-Jul-20 14:37:13

Yep, it’s all in the nose 🤭🐭

Swifey40 Mon 13-Jul-20 14:37:25

It's a shrew! We have them too!! They are super brave here as well and run around the house, which is amazing as we have two terriers!!

Beamur Mon 13-Jul-20 14:37:32

Looks like a shrew to me.

MouseyMouser Mon 13-Jul-20 14:37:59

This one is bigger than the others. I’ve seen about 4 different ones. Sometimes they come out at the same time.

Christ, are we allowed to “dispose” of them? Aren’t they protected?

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fleamadonna Mon 13-Jul-20 14:38:51

That’s definitely a shrew shaped nose.

How can it be bold? They shrews around my house seem prone to dying of fright.

HappyHammy Mon 13-Jul-20 14:43:53

Shrews are protected. Are they nesting indoors or coming in from outside. Maybe a local wildlife centre can help but I bet they are pretty quick.

ItsSpittingEverybodyIn Mon 13-Jul-20 14:49:35

Very strange that they aren't scared!

greenestolives Mon 13-Jul-20 14:50:48

Congratulations - you have some new pets grin

Cailleach Mon 13-Jul-20 14:52:45

I'll lend you my cat... she's really a vole-specialist but can turn her paw to anything small and squeaky...

Soubriquet Mon 13-Jul-20 14:53:46

Awww bless them

No you can’t “dispose” of them.

They are shrews. They aren’t nasty or dangerous

Tlollj Mon 13-Jul-20 14:56:50

I don’t care what they are kill them. You can’t live with then in your house.

Gumbo Mon 13-Jul-20 14:57:27

Very strange that they aren't scared!

Of course they aren't scared, haven't you heard of The Taming of the Shrew? grin

I'll get my coat

Isthisfinallyit Mon 13-Jul-20 14:58:01

Shrew. I'm surprised it's indoors tbh. We used to have lots of bests in my mums garden, and they never came inside, even though my mum liked having doors open all day for fresh air (ok not all day in winter time but definately longer than comfortable!)

Isthisfinallyit Mon 13-Jul-20 14:58:25


Fat fingers.....

Soubriquet Mon 13-Jul-20 14:59:48


I don’t care what they are kill them. You can’t live with then in your house.

You’re charming aren’t you

ItsSpittingEverybodyIn Mon 13-Jul-20 15:01:54

The taming of the shrew 😂
Well Google does say they can contaminate food etc so not sure I'd be thrilled about them really, as cute as they are!

WhatKatyDidNxt Mon 13-Jul-20 15:08:48

I vote shrews

MuseumOfYou Mon 13-Jul-20 15:11:03

It's definitely a shrew. We get them occasionally because we have a stream in the garden. They don't generally like being indoors because they have to eat their own body weight in bugs etc every day to survive. They don't usually last long indoors....
But they can be feisty little buggers when cornered. Presumably why Shakespeare wrote a play about them.

bloodywhitecat Mon 13-Jul-20 15:18:37

Shrew, we have them too, ours mainly live under the floor (under or floorboards is a small void then just soil). Ours come up through the gaps in the floorboards, some of the bigger gaps I have filled with wire wool which seems to deter the little buggers.

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