Crocidurinae shrews usually inhabit damp and dry forests, grassland, cultivated areas, and occasionally human settlements and buildings. Some white-toothed shrews in the

A bicolored shrew (Crocidura leucodon) climbing among the rocks. (Photo by Rudolf Hofels/OKAPIA/Photo Researchers, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)
A lesser white-toothed shrew (Crocidura suaveolens) foraging in northern France. (Photo by J-C Carton. Bruce Coleman, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)

Diplomesodon and Crocidura genera live in arid areas and semi-deserts. They are mainly terrestrial, but some take to water freely, and others burrow a little. They are usually abundant wherever there is sufficient ground vegetation to provide cover. They occur over a great altitudinal range and in many kinds of plant communities. Most species prefer moist habitats, but some species are also found in arid regions.

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