Mice

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Field Mouse

Size and color

The wood mouse has a sandy-brown coat and large ears and eyes. The under parts are white, with a yellow streak on the chest, and the tail is slightly hairy. It has large hind feet which help it to leap about. The wood mouse is about 7.5-11cm long, not including its long tail, and it weighs 20-30g.

Habitat

Wood mice dig their own burrow systems, where they store food and spend the day and where the young are born in a nest chamber, which is lined with leaves, moss and grass.

Food Source

Wood mice eat a wide range of seeds from grasses, herbs and trees, as well as buds, shoots, berries and fungi. They also eat insects, worms and slugs.
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House Mouse

Size and color

House mice have an adult body length (nose to base of tail) of 7.5–10 cm and a tail length of 5–10 cm. The weight is typically 40–45 g. In the wild they vary in color from light to dark light to dark brown.

Habitat

The social behavior of the house mouse is not rigidly fixed into species-specific patterns but is instead adaptable to the environmental conditions, such as the availability of food and space.This adaptability allows house mice to inhabit diverse areas ranging from sandy dunes to apartment buildings.

Food Source

Mice generally live on a herbivore diet, but are actually omnivores. Mice will eat meat, the dead bodies of other mice and have been observed to self-cannibalise their tails during starvation.