• Feeding behaviour of the Indian musk shrew,Suncus murinus viridescens (Blyth)

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      Indian musk shrew; feeding behaviour; death-shake; weaning; Suncus murinus viridescens ; development of feeding; neck-bite

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      A detailed study on aspects of feeding behaviour of the Indian musk shrew,Suncus murinus viridescens, was made. The first solid food intake commenced on the 14th day and weaning occurred on the 20th day after birth. Olfaction was the primary sense involved in food searching. Prey killing was effected by a characteristic neck-bite. Death-shake could be seen when the shrews predate on earthworm or on rodents such as rats. Shrews hoard food when a large number of insects as food was offered. A thorough mastication of the food was observed before swallowing.

    • Author Affiliations

       

      M Balakrishnan1 2 K M Alexander1

      1. Department of Zoology, University of Kerala, Kariyavattom, Trivandrum - 695 581
      2. Division of Wildlife, Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, Kerala - 680 653
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