Pigmy Shrew Oil on Board
- Artist: Mary McGrath
- Dimensions: 12.7 x 17.8 cm (5 x 7 inches)
Is found throughout Ireland. It has a preference for dense habitats such as hedgerows, grasslands, woodlands and peatlands which give protection from predators. The Pigmy Shrew’s heart beats at 1200 times per minute. It eats only insects but because of its high metabolic rate it must eat its own bodyweight every day. The Irish pygmy shrew is now endangered as the Bank Vole and Greater White-toothed Shrew, two invasive species, are taking over their habitat.