Striped field mice have grayish brown upper parts with a rusty tint with a prominent mid-dorsal black stripe. The under parts are paler and grayish. The ears and eyes of these animals are relatively small.
Striped field mice range from Eastern Europe to Eastern Asia. They have extensive but disjunct distribution, split into two ranges. The first reaches from central and eastern Europe to Lake Baikal (Russia) in the north, and China in the south. The second includes parts of the Russian Far East and from there reaches from Mongolia to Japan. Its expansion across Eastern Europe appears to be relatively recent; the species is thought to have reached Austria in the 1990s. Striped field mice inhabit a wide range of habitats including the edges of woodlands, grasslands and marshes, pastures and gardens, and urban areas. In the winter, the may be found in haystacks, storehouses, and dwellings.
Striped field mice are social creatures. They dig short burrows in which they sleep and raise their young. The burrow is a nesting chamber at a shallow depth. Striped field mice are nocturnal during the summer, but become mainly diurnal in the winter. They are agile leapers and can swim.
Little is known about the mating habits and reproductive behavior of Striped field mice. They are known to breed year round. Females can produce 3 to 5 litters per year, consisting of up to six young.
There are no major threats to Striped field mice at present.
The IUCN Red List and other sources do not provide the Striped field mouse total population size. This animal is common and widespread throughout its known range. Currently, this species is classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List and its numbers today are stable.