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Eastern Harvest Mouse Reithrodontomys humulis


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Eastern Harvest Mouse
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Family: Muridae, Mice and Rats view all from this family

Description Small, brown mouse with a relatively short tail. Upper parts are rich brown, sometimes faintly washed with gray, and with a dark mid-dorsal stripe. Sides are paler than the dorsum, with an obvious lateral line present. Underparts are ash-colored and often have a cinnamon or pinkish wash. Tail is slender, sparsely furred, bicolored, and shorter than the head and body. Ears are fuscous or fuscous-black in color, and feet are grayish white.

Dimensions 107-128mm, 45-60mm, 10-15g

Similar Species Similar to R. fulvescens, but tail is shorter and more bicolored.

Habitat Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Meadows & fields, Grasslands & prairies

Range Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Florida, Texas

Discussion Uses broom sedge, grassy or weedy areas, tangled patches of briar, roadside ditches, brackish meadows, and wet bottomlands.