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SEPTEMBER 01, 2021

21 Striped Field Mouse facts which you will never forget

Read some awesome striped field mouse facts

Striped field mice are small rodent species that are found in the region whose expansion is from eastern Europe to eastern Asia. They are small animals (mammals) who give are known as reproducing machines. Mice can breed throughout the year, and female mice of this species give birth to six clutches a year and have a small gestation period. And the young born also become sexually mature in just a few weeks. So practically, in a year, a female mouse can see the babies of their babies and even their babies. That's why they need controlling every year. Birds and snakes feed on them in order to control their population. They are golden brown colored with a long tail and small legs and ears.

Ahead in the article, there are many interesting and funny facts about this mice which will surely make you amazed.

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Striped Field Mouse Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a striped field mouse?

Striped field mouse is a type of rodent found from eastern Europe to eastern Asia.

What class of animal does a striped field mouse belong to?

The striped field mouse belongs to the class Mammalia. It is a type of mice that belongs to the order Rodentia, family Muridae, and genus Apodemus. Striped field mouse scientific name is Apodemus agrarius.

How many striped field mice are there in the world?

The distribution range of striped field mice is from eastern Europe to Eastern Asia. They inhabit their natural habitat in enough numbers and are considered a Least Concern species. So counting them in exact numbers is somehow impossible.

Where does a striped field mouse live?

Striped field mice, as the name suggests live in field areas. They can be commonly seen running near houses. They live in forest edges, woodlands, grasslands and in town areas also. They live in burrows.

What is a striped field mouse’s habitat?

Striped field mice species, in short can be found from east Europe to east Asia. Geographically their distribution range is counted from east and central Europe to Russia in the northern regions and China in the southern. Another region where they can be found includes eastern Russia, Mongolia, Korea, and Japan.

Who does striped field mice live with?

Striped field mice species are highly social. They live in colonies and have been seen playing together.

How long does a striped field mouse live?

There are no records on exactly how long they live for, but it is vaguely considered that they live for around four years.

How do they reproduce?

Striped field mice species fall under the class Mammalia. Mice are considered breeding machines as they give birth rapidly. Female striped field mice are capable of laying six clutches each year, and each clutch has five to six pups in it. Female mice have the capacity of mating again just after giving birth. They have a small gestation period and can breed throughout the year. Within 70 days, both male and female pups become mature enough to produce their own babies.

What is their conservation status?

According to IUCN red list, striped field mice are listed under the conservation status of Least Concern.

Striped Field Mouse Fun Facts

What does striped field mice look like?

Striped field mice are small rodents who are found in open grasslands, forests, and even in towns. They are small mice species found in the open ground that are relatively small in size. As the name 'striped field mouse' suggests, they have a black thin stripe on their back ranging from their head to the tail. They have a conical-shaped face, where the head area is broad, and the mouth part is narrow. They have small and cute ears on the top of their head. The legs are also small but strong enough to give them a good speed. Their body is more like a ball, with the back area being curved upwards. The hair on their body are mostly brown to golden brown in color. On the back, there is a long black stripe that contributes to their name. The underparts are quite pale-colored. The color of their underbody is gray-white. They have a long tail which is again brown in color which is seen to be swinging when they run. Mouse species are known for their strong and sharp teeth or fangs. They can cut most material with the help of their teeth and can scratch the hardest of materials. They don't grow much in size. Their average length range is around 4.7 in (12 cm), and the length of their tail is around 3.5 in (9 cm). They have an average weight range of around 1.7 oz (50 g). They are playful creatures who love to have fun.

According to different university studies, it is seen that mice communicate through supersonic sounds

How cute are they?

Striped field mice are very cute and adorable. They have a cute face and two cute ears on the top of their head. They can be seen running in fields in search of insects and other food.

How do they communicate?

Mice species communicate with each other through supersonic waves. According to different university studies, it is seen that they communicate and also sing but in such high frequencies that are inaudible to human ears and can only be recorded with the help of instruments.

How big is a striped field mouse?

Striped field mice are small rodent species that grow to a size of 4.7 in (12 cm). They have a long tail which measures around 3.5 in (9 cm), and their weight range revolves around 1.7 oz (50 g). They are small animals who are very agile and active.

How fast can a striped field mouse move?

Field mice have an average speed of around 8 mph (12.8 kph).

How much does a striped field mouse weigh?

Striped field mice are small rodent species that grow to an average size of 4.7 in (12 cm) with an average tail size of 3.5 in (9 cm). They have an average body weight of around 1.7 oz (50 g).

What are the male and female names of the species?

There are no separate names assigned to males and females of this species. They are commonly called mice or rats and are common in eastern Europe and Asia.

What would you call a baby-striped field mouse?

A baby striped field mouse is most probably called a pup. They are generally hairless and blind at the time of birth. But they grow very fast and become mature for reproduction at the age of few weeks.

What do they eat?

Mice species have a very flexible diet and feed on a variety of foods. Actually, they eat anything that is available in their natural habitat. Common food that they feed on are roots, vegetables, fruits, insects, cooked food, seeds, and nuts. Seeds, berries, nuts, and veggies are their favorite. In order to control their population, they get predated by snakes and birds like hawks and owls.

Are they poisonous?

They are not poisonous or venomous but are carriers of different diseases. They can spread bacteria and viruses through their bite and can cause fatal infections. Hemorrhagic fever is one of those.

Would they make a good pet?

Absolutely not as they are dangerous. Rather, they would make a horrible pet if they are left open in a house. Through their sharp teeth, they would tear or scratch or bite all material stuff and will cause destruction in a house.

Did you know...

There are around 1100 species of mice or rats in this world.

Why is it called striped field mouse?

They are called striped field mice because of the presence of a black long line on their back that looks like a stripe. This line starts from the head and goes to the tail.

Types of the field mouse

There are different types of field mice living in this world. Their population is widespread and can be found in all continents, including North and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia. The difference between field and house mice is that house mice are more unicolored and comparatively smaller in size, while field mice are more earth colored, which is brown and gray.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! For more relatable content, check out these tufted deer facts and tundra wolf facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable field mouse coloring pages.

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