Deer mouse is a broad term to describe a dangerous species of mice that has 61 subspecies. They are all mammals that reproduce rapidly and are plentiful in numbers. These small rodents that live in North America and is closely related to the white-footed mouse. Deer mice carry hantaviruses and Lyme disease, so it is important to know the differences. They are best distinguished through red blood cell agglutination tests or karyotype techniques, so it is best to call in a professional if you suspect you have deer mice.
Deer mice tend to have multi-colored bodies with brownish-red fur and white bellies and feet. They are somewhat small, about a half a foot to 8 inches. They have large ears and a pointy nose as well. Its tail is short and the hairs are extremely fine. The most distinct trait of this mouse is the hair that is directly under the belly. It goes from the belly to the tail. The only way to tell for sure if you have deer mice is a free rodent inspection. Get a free rodent inspection by calling (702) 660-7340.
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While deer mice are generally found all over the world in arid and desert regions, they are believed to be endemic to this area. However, some deer mice can be found in grassland and forest. They more or less inhabit every arid desert and scrublands excluding the Southeastern United States and some coastal areas of Mexico.
Deer mice can have many litters in a year. Although, it is common for these mice to not reproduce during the winter months. The pregnancy of a deer mouse lasts from 22.4 to 25.5 days. Deer mice may have litters containing from one to eleven young with typical litters containing from 4-6 babies. In captivity, deer mice can live as long as eight years, but in the wild, life expectancy usually less than a year.
Deer mice spend most of their time on the ground. Their activity centers around nesting and stockpiling their food.
Going with the trend of the majority of the pests in the Las Vegas and Clark County area, deer mice are known to invade your safe space at home or work year-round but less active during the winter months. Come the winter months, 10+ mice may congregate together to conserve heat. During this time they may also enter a state known as torpor, which helps reduce body temperature and conserve their energy. Deer mice are also nocturnal, making them out to be more active throughout the night.
Deer mice prefer arid desert biomes, but species of them can be found across the globe in semi arid, tropical, dry forests and scrub except for Southeastern United States and some coastal areas of Mexico. Deer mice commonly eat insects, seeds, fruit, flowers, nuts, and other plant products.
Although deer mice may appear harmless, they are known to carry dangerous diseases that can be spread through mouse parasites or contaminated food. Hantavirus is a pulmonary syndrome that is passed through deer mice droppings.