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Food Hoarding Behavior in the Short-tailed Shrew Blarina brevicauda

Denise E. Robinson and Edmund D. Brodie, Jr.
The American Midland Naturalist
Vol. 108, No. 2 (Oct., 1982), pp. 369-375
DOI: 10.2307/2425498
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2425498
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Food Hoarding Behavior in the Short-tailed Shrew Blarina brevicauda
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Abstract

Short-tailed shrews Blarina brevicauda cached most (86.6%) prey captured. Few were consumed immediately (9 4%) or left where killed (3.9%). Shrews most often ate the first prey captured but normally cached subsequent prey The smallest prey offered, mealworms, was the only type of prey eaten more often than cached. Shrews returned to and consumed cached prey, including those cached by conspecifics.

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