DEER MOUSE

Deer Mouse
Photo by Bob Gress

 

Deer Mouse
Peromyscus maniculatus

Measurements:
Total Length: 5 - 6.6 inches
Tail Length: 1.7- 2.9 inches
Weight: 0.7- 0.9 ounces

  • Comments:   Foraging at night, deer mice are known to cache their food in bird nests, mattresses, shoes and teapots. Their fur is reddish-brown on their back and white on their belly. They have large hairless ears, white feet and a bicolored tail. Females can produce up to 10 litters per year with 4-5 young per liter. Deer mice are common prey for most predators. Their maximum lifespan is 2 years.
  • Distribution:   Deer mice are the most widespread rodents in North America, living in many different habitats from Mexico to Alaska. They are found in woodlands, shrublands and prairies in Kansas.
  • Food:   Deer mice feed on green vegetation, nuts, berries, fruits, seeds and insects.

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WOODCHUCK EASTERN GRAY SQUIRREL SOUTHERN FLYING SQUIRREL
PRAIRIE VOLE EASTERN FOX SQUIRREL BLACK-TAILED PRAIRIE DOG
EASTERN CHIPMUNK PLAINS POCKET GOPHER NORTHERN GRASSHOPPER MOUSE
EASTERN WOODRAT HISPID COTTON RAT WESTERN HARVEST MOUSE
COMMON MUSKRAT HISPID POCKET MOUSE NORTH AMERICAN PORCUPINE

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