Striped Field Mouse

Striped Field Mouse

Kingdom
Phylum
Subphylum
Class
Order
Superfamily
Family
Subfamily
Genus
SPECIES
Apodemus agrarius
Population size
Unknown
Life Span
1-4 yrs
WEIGHT
up to 50 g
LENGTH
126 mm

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.

Distibution

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.

Climate zones

Habits and Lifestyle

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.

Seasonal behavior

Diet and Nutrition

Striped field mice are omnivores. Their diet varies and includes green parts of plants, roots, seeds, berries, nuts, and insects.

Mating Habits

REPRODUCTION SEASON
year-round
BABY CARRYING
6 pups
FEMALE NAME
doe
MALE NAME
buck
BABY NAME
pup, pinkie, kit

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.

Population

Population threats

There are no major threats to Striped field mice at present.

Population number

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.

References

1. Striped Field Mouse on Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Striped_field_mouse
2. Striped Field Mouse on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/1888/115057408

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