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INTRODUCTION: The deer mouse gets their name because their fur looks a lot like deer fur, and often referred to as field mouse or white-footed mouse. They are of medical concern because they are the primary carries of Hantavirus, and carries Lyme disease-bearing deer ticks.

RECOGNITION: The deer mouse has short brown hair with a white belly, with large, bulging eyes, big ears and tail sharply bicolored, and covered with short hairs. Weighs about 3/8-11/4 oz., head and body length 2 3/4- 4”, tail length is longer than half length of head and body combined.


HABITS: Outside, they nest in hollow trees, log piles, abandoned bird/squirrel nest, beneath decks, or dig small burrows. Inside, they nest in storage boxes, stuffed furniture, cabinet drawers, wall voids, on sill plates in basements, and preferring undisturbed areas like attics. They are excellent climbers.

BIOLOGY: The deer mouse reaches sexual maturity at 7-8 weeks of age. Their gestation period lasts for 21-24 days. The average litter size is 3-5 young per litter, with around 2-4 litters per year.

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