It is hard to guess what a Egyptian pygmy shrew weights. But we have the answer:
An adult Egyptian pygmy shrew (Crocidura religiosa) on average weights 7 grams (0.02 lbs).
The Egyptian pygmy shrew is from the family Soricidae (genus: Crocidura). When reaching adult age, they grow up to 10.8 cm (0′ 5″).
As a reference: An average human weights in at 62 kg (137 lbs) and reaches an average size of 1.65m (5′ 5″). Humans spend 280 days (40 weeks) in the womb of their mother and reach around 75 years of age.
The Egyptian pygmy shrew or sacred shrew (Crocidura religiosa) is a species of mammal in the family Soricidae. It is endemic to Egypt. Its natural habitat is arable land. It is threatened by habitat loss, partially caused by the construction of the Aswan Dam. They are 48–62 mm in length, making them one of the smallest shrews in Egypt. They weigh 7 grams.Like most shrews, it is a nocturnal animal, hiding during day in burrows and crevices. Its diet is mostly insectivorous. It is solitary and territorial. Female pygmy shrews give birth to litters of one to ten, hairless young with closed eyes. Their eyes open at 13 days and they are weaned at 20 days. The young reach sexual maturity at two to three months and live for 12 to 18 months.The Egyptian pygmy shrew has grey fur, tinged with brown on the upperparts and tipped with white on the paler underparts. The bristly tail is grey on top and white underneath and the feet are pale and almost hairless. It has small eyes, a pointed snout and a slightly flattened head which, along with its paler overall colour and proportionately longer tail, distinguishes it from other shrews found in Egypt.The Egyptian pygmy shrew gained its scientific name, religiosa from the mummified specimens found in ancient Egyptian tombs in Thebes. The species has often been confused with the Somali dwarf shrew (Crocidura nana).According to Zahi Hawass, an Egyptian pygmy shrew was brought to the very, young Pharaoh Pepi II by Harkhouf, a governor of Aswan. The governor and Pepi II corresponded by letters; the governor let him know he’d be bringing him a shrew, the pharaoh wrote him back imploring he not let it get away. This exchange is said to have occurred in the Sixth Dynasty.
Animals of the same family as a Egyptian pygmy shrew
We found other animals of the Soricidae family:
- Jackson’s shrew with a weight of 7 grams
- Eurasian least shrew with a weight of 2 grams
- Elliot’s short-tailed shrew with a weight of 14 grams
- Lesser dwarf shrew with a weight of 5 grams
- Big Mexican small-eared shrew with a weight of 7 grams
- Laxmann’s shrew with a weight of 6 grams
- Mediterranean water shrew with a weight of 13 grams
- Wandering small-eared shrew with a weight of 11 grams
- Savanna dwarf shrew with a weight of 6 grams
- Smith’s shrew with a size of 8.4 cm (0′ 4″)
Animals with the same weight as a Egyptian pygmy shrew
As a comparison, here are some other animals that weight as much as the Crocidura religiosa:
- Moloney’s mimic bat bringing 8 grams to the scale
- Little Japanese horseshoe bat bringing 7 grams to the scale
- Fawn leaf-nosed bat bringing 8 grams to the scale
- Elgon shrew bringing 6 grams to the scale
- Large-eared pied bat bringing 8 grams to the scale
- Broad-headed pipistrelle bringing 6 grams to the scale
- Blanford’s bat bringing 6 grams to the scale
- Myotis bocagei bringing 7 grams to the scale
- Northern little yellow-eared bat bringing 7 grams to the scale
- Mato Grosso dog-faced bat bringing 7 grams to the scale