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Peromyscus aztecus

Aztec Deermouse

Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae

 

Conservation Status: Least Concern.


Aztec Deermice eat grasses, seeds, and insects and other invertebrates, including monarch butterflies. In turn, barn owls, coyotes, bobcats, and weasels eat Aztec Deermice when they can. The mice live at mid- to high elevations in several mountain ranges in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, in humid forests, especially cloud forests, and sometimes in abandoned farm fields. Pregnant females, carrying up to five embryos, have been found from mid-summer through about January.

Length:
Range: Head and Body: 109-126 mm; Tail: 108-140 mm

Weight:
Range: 33-57 g

References:

Saussure, M.H., 1860. Revue et Magasin de Zoologie Pure et Appliquée, Paris, ser. 2, 12:105.

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Mammal Species of the World

Distribution of Peromyscus aztecus