Western Harvest Mouse

(Reithrodontomys megalotis)

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STATUS: Native, “Least Concern”

DESCRIPTION: It has brownish fur with buff sides, white belly, and soft white stripe of fur along the spine. Their height at the shoulder is between 1/5 and 2 cm. It can weigh anything from 9 to 22 g. Unlike the house mouse, its incisors lack grooves.

DIET: It eats seeds, grains, and fruit from vetch, blue grass, fescue, oats, and brome.

HABITAT: Habitat generalist.

NOTES: It is an agile climber and is active at night.

Photo Credit: J. N. Stuart