Deer Mouse

Photo by Bob Gress

Common Name: Deer Mouse

Scientific Name: Peromyscus maniculatus

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.