A highly variable species, the house shrew varies widely in colour, size and weight. It is small, secretive and mouse-like with a long pointed nose. The fur is short and velvety, ranging in colour from light grey-brown to black and recorded adult weights vary between 23.5g to 82.0g in females and 33.2g to 147.3g in males. House shrews have very small eyes, thick, relatively hairless tails and make frequent shrill high pitched squeaks.
Usually found in or near houses in agricultural area, disturbed area, natural forest, urban area. This animal is often mistaken for a rat. It prefers eating insects such as cockroaches and crickets.