Blarina brevicauda (Northern Short-tailed Shrew)
Found dead on a ditch bank road through a restored fen. Forested swamps composed of Tamarack (Larix laricina) and Black Spruce (Picea mariana) are adjacent to the fen which is largely grasses, sedges, and woody shrubs.
The northern short-tailed shrew is the largest shrew in the genus ''Blarina'', and occurs in the northeastern region of North America. It is a semifossorial, highly active, and voracious insectivore and is present in a variety of habitats like broadleaved and pine forests among shrubs and hedges as well as grassy river banks. It is notable in that it is one of the few venomous mammals. The specific epithet, ''brevicauda'', is a combination of the Latin ''brevis'' and ''cauda'', meaning "short tail".