LONG-TAILED FIELD MOUSE OR EUROPEAN WOOD MOUSE/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus

LONG-TAILED FIELD MOUSE

DESCRIPTION: A yellowish brown field mouse, it looks remarkably like the House Mouse except that on closer examination, the feet are white and the long tail is bicoloured: brown on top and pale grey at the bottom. The ventral parts of the body are also grey. The ears are large, rounded and the same colour as the body. The female has three pairs of teats. Some specimens have a yellowish spot on the chest, but this is not frequently seen. The orange- coated upper incisors lack the notch that all Mus species normally have.

BEHAVIOUR: Nocturnal, burrowing, gregarious creatures, they cache food in burrows that are often shared by a number of mice.

DISTRIBUTION: Himalayan foothills and the North–East.

HABITAT: Montane forests, scrub and grassland away from habitation.

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Size: 9–11 cm

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