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Breeding the common shrew (Sorex araneus) in captivity
- Searle, J. B.
- Laboratory animals 1984 v.18 no.4 pp. 359-363
- agricultural programs and projects, breeding, Soricidae, animal breeding, weaning, rearing
- A method for the systematic breeding of the common shrew (Sorex araneus) is described. By use of this method 20 litters of common shrew, conceived in the wild and in captivity, were reared to weaning. Successful fertilization was recorded for 74% of pairings and 68% of young known to have been born were reared to weaning. Breeding records indicate that common shrews will mate within a few days of pairing and that the duration of pregnancy and lactation is about 43 days.