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Deer Mice

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Size: 2 3/4 inch - 4 inch

Color: Bodies are bicolored. The upper body is either light brown or red-brown and the underbelly as well as the feet are white.

Appearance: Compared to a house mice, the head and ears of a deer mice is a little larger than a house mice.

Deer mice are mostly found in rural, wooded areas and are not found in cities. Outdoors, these mice make a nest in tree hollows, piles of wood, abandoned nests or digging small burrows. Inside homes, the nest can be found in furniture, wall voids, boxes, attics, garages, sheds, crawl space. These mice rarely enter homes and when they do its only to seek shelter from the cold. Deer mice are attracted to places with of vegetation so barns are a good place to attract them. These mice like to feed on insects, berries, nuts, fruits, and seeds. When making a nest, deer mice use fur, leaves, or bushes to make a nest. The life span of deer mice is 2-24 months, but can live up to 8 years in captivity. Deer mice will reach sexual maturity in 7-8 weeks, and a female will give birth to 2-4 litters a year,  mainly during the spring and each litter contains 3-5 younglings.

Unlike other mice, deer mice are dangerous to human health. These mice carry a disease known as Hantavirus which causes Hantavirus Syndrome.

 

 

 

 

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