Shrew habitat in North America is as varied as the continent itself. They prefer land over water but do prefer wetter areas of land. The Northern Short-tailed, for example, prefers damp woodlands, bogs and marshes. Much to the backyard gardener’s dismay, this means they will love a well watered flower and vegetable garden! They are also found along fence rows, in barns and in sheds. Fruit and vegetable cellars are also well known habitats where the shrew choose to reside.
The range of the many species of shrews is very distinct for each one. The table below describes the range for 31 shrews known to live in North America.
Shrew nests are generally found underneath something if they are not completely underground. Underground tunnels are not only created by the shrews but they also take over the tunnels made by other small mammals including mice and moles. They will also set up shop under logs and rocks and in crevices of rocks and rotting logs. Building foundations are also popular nesting sites for shrews. Despite their crotchety demeanor, shrew nests will often be quite homey and lined with a cozy layer of vegetation and fur.
From the wet areas of the Florida Everglades to the frigid mountain peaks of Alaska, the North American continent provides very suitable shrew habitat.