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Peromyscus mexicanus

Mexican Deermouse

Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae

 

Conservation Status: Least Concern.


The Mexican Deermouse is widespread and even abundant in a variety of habitats, but it is cautious and seldom seen. It often lives next to streams, but it is not a swimmer. It is also found in brush, coffee groves, thorn scrub, and various kinds of forests. It is basically terrestrial, though it can climb. Like most other deermice, it eats arthropods: crickets, beetles, ants, and spiders are common foods. It also eats some plant matter and seeds, and caches coffee beans under logs or rocks. Scientists find its burrows by trapping and releasing a mouse and watching it scamper home, sometimes to a burrow under a log or tree root and sometimes into a hole on the open forest floor.

Length:
Range: Head and Body: 108-137 mm; Tail: 105-140 mm

Weight:
Range: 29-57 g

References:

Saussure, M.H., 1860. Revue et Magasin de Zoologie Pure et Appliquée, Paris, ser. 2, 12:103.

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Mammal Species of the World

Distribution of Peromyscus mexicanus