Savannah Swamp Shrew

Savanna swamp shrew

Savannah Swamp Shrew, Crocidura longipes is a very large chocolate-brown shrew with long hindfeet, having a long and pointed skull. It is also called the long-footed shrew. Known as Èkúté in Yoruba, shrews are generally small, chiefly insectivorous, mouse-like mammals that has a long pointed snout. This species, probably not widely distributed, is most common in the swamp areas of the Kainji Lake National Park. Like the Nigerian shrew, this other species is threatened by habitat lost. However, it is also at the risk of extinction unlike the former, which is considered abundant within its range.

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