Two shrew species have been recorded in Jordan. Shrews are among the smallest mammals. Despite their resemblance to mice, they are not rodents. They are generally characterized by short gray hair; small hind legs; long, whisker-like hairs; poor eyesight; and a long nose constantly active to locate prey. Shrews burn calories at a fast rate, requiring them to consume about three times their body weight daily.
Very active. Forages day and night. Solitary and territorial. Lives under rocks and in burrows.
Insects, worms, and spiders.
The Etruscan pygmy shrew (Suncus etruscus) occurs in semi-arid regions, including Azraq. The lesser white-toothed shrew (Crocidura suaveolens) occurs in the woodlands and grasslands of western and northern Jordan, including Ajloun and Azraq.