The shrew opossums' small size and the remote nature of their habitats mean they have little contact with humans; consequently, details of their ecology and behavior are not well known. They are all largely nocturnal or crepuscular, and spend the day resting in hollow logs or holes around the roots of trees. They appear to live alone, and travel around the home range on regular runways. They are not territorial, and more than one individual use the paths. They are proficient climbers, and will scramble into the branches of shrubs, using the tail as a prop and a counterbalance, but not for grasping.

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