Sherman’s short-tailed shrew

Blarina shermani

Overall vulnerability:

lower vulnerability
higher vulnerability

Conservation status:

State Threatened

General Information

With a body length of about 4 inches, Sherman’s short-tailed shrew is larger than other species in Florida. This rodent has a small range limited to Collier and Lee counties in southwest Florida. Short-tailed shrews eat a diet of ants, beetle larvae and butterflies and typically have two annual breeding seasons, both between March and November.

Habitat Requirements

Sherman’s short-tailed shrews prefer dense herbaceous habits with a floor of damp soil and debris. Swamps, hydric hammocks and pinelands are common habitat types for this species.


Climate Impacts

Sherman’s short-tailed shrews are susceptible to sea level rise in their coastal range. Additionally, this species faces many of the same existing threats common to coastal species: habitat loss and degradation from development, barriers to migration, habitat disturbance from recreational use and high mortality from non-native predators.

More information about general climate impacts to species in Florida.

Vulnerability Assessment(s)

The overall vulnerability level was based on the following assessment(s):

Adaptation Strategies

  • Conservation of existing habitat will allow this shrew the best chance of recovering and maintaining a healthy population as climate change begins to accelerate. This includes controlling existing stressors, such as reducing populations of non-native predators.

More information about adaptation strategies.

Additional Resources