Insectivora

Ornate Shrew (Sorex ornatus) This shrew is distributed along the southwestern portion of the state and lives in the grassy areas in the lower part of the Reserve. They are about the size of a house mouse or a little smaller with very small eyes and very quick nervous movements. They are carnivorous and are continuously on the search for insects and small mice on which they feed.

Gray Shrew (Notiosorex crawfordi) This small and very rare shrew can be expected to occur in the drier areas of the Reserve. It is primarily adapted for living in arid areas rather than damp areas like the ornate shrew.

Broad-handed Mole (Scapanus latimanus) This species will seldom be seen above ground but the burrows through the soft ground of the lowlands will be seen from time to time. They burrow immediately under the ground and as a result leave a raised path of soil which marks their underground tunneling. They are almost blind, and the front feet are very broad and flattened to enable the animal to literally swim under the ground as it digs. They feed on earthworms primarily, but also eat the roots and seeds of many of the plants that are found in the habitat.

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