How to Draw a Pygmy Shrew

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Pygmy Shrew in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Pygmy Shrew.

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How to Draw a Pygmy Shrew - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: The pygmy shrew is very small and the first step in drawing it is to draw the head. The nose is very long and pointed.

Step 2: Next, draw the face. Add detail for the nostrils, an oval for the eye, and the round ear. There is a line under the ear for the chin.

Step 3: Then, draw the body, which is round but leave room for the legs and tail.

Step 4: The next step is to draw the legs. The legs have joints that are close to the body. The feet look like small hands with longer nails.

Step 5: Then, draw the tail. The tail is thin and hairless.

Interesting Facts about the Pygmy Shrew

Pygmy shrew is the smallest shrew, which is mostly found in Britain. It has a pointed snout and grayish brown fur. The fur is pale on the underside. They have red tipped teeth. These shrews feed on beetles, spiders and woodlice. Main predators of pygmy shrews are owls, raptors, foxes and cats. They have an average weight of four grams. They eat a lot, every two hours to keep themselves physically fit.

Did you know?

  • They are active day and night with multiple rest periods in between.
  • They make surface tunnels through vegetation.
  • They have to eat regularly, and consume about 125 percent of their own body weight in food each day in order to stay alive.
  • They are active during winter also.
  • They live in underground nests.
  • Females usually produce between two and eight young shrews in their life time.
  • Their maximum life span is 16 months.

Lesson plan note: Ask the children to draw pictures of predators of pigmy shrews and then appreciate their art.