Sandshrew
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Sandshrew, #315, The Shrew Pokemon
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Height: 2'0"
Weight: 27.2 lbs.
Length: 2'7" (tip to tail)
Width: 7" (chest) 1'3" (wingspan)
Egg Group: Field
Diet: Sandshrew primarily consume insects, although they do consume plant-life quite often as well.
Characteristics: Sandshrew are not large Pokemon, but they are tough. Their armor plating is almost half an inch thick and, if threatened, can curl into a tight ball that is extremely hard to pry apart. Their short stubby arms are well suited for digging and allow it to dig at a rapid rate. Its tail is used to dissipate heat quicker and acts as a sort of rudder when it “swims” through sand. While their claws are not long, they are tough and hardy, allowing it to scratch even rock. Sandshrew have two eyelids; one normal one, and another that is almost always closed that allows it to see completely fine even if heavy sandstorms. Sandshrew also have waxy fur on their chest; while it does not grip sand well, it does help insulate them against the cold desert nights. Sandshrew have keen hearing and a kind of tremor sense; they can feel vibrations in the ground.
Behavior: Sandshrew are generally very docile, often diving underground when combat starts and fleeing. This isn't to say they are cowards; if a predator tries to assault the home of a Sandshrew, they will fight it until the bitter end. Sandshrew rarely form packs, instead sticking with a single mate. Sandshrew are an almost ideal choice for a new Trainer, as they are not extremely confrontational.
Habitat: Dry, arid areas.
Population: Sandshrew, while having a declining Wild Population, are rapidly increasing in number. They are rarely found in groups of more than two.
Relation with other Pokemon: Sandshrew are content to leave most other Pokemon alone, although they do often fight Rattata.
In the World: Sandshrew are popular for their calm demeanor as a Trainer's Pokemon. Miners also tend to use them as a warning system. They seem to have an instinctive sense of when an Onix will attack.
Lifespan: Sandshrew can live up to twenty years.
Egg: Sandshrew eggs are the same color as their armor, and tend to be about 8 inches tall by 6 inches wide.
Breeding: Sandshrew must be mature (Level 20) to breed. While not extremely picky, they do not appreciate constantly changing their partner.

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