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  • Posted Aug. 3, 2010 by Sadhya Rippon Viewed 6261 times

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I am staying with friends for the weekend. We were joined by this uninvited guest. So tiny!

The Field Mouse is a generic term for a range of mice in the UK. The true field mouse is the Long Tailed Field Mouse, or Wood Mouse and it is one of our most endearing / or terrifying animals depending on your point of view. It does however provide a vital food source for many of the UK’s carnivorous creatures as well as being a major pest.

As shown in the above pictures, they have a dark brown fur with enormous eyes and ears for their size. They grow to about 10cm long and weigh 30 grams or so full grown.

The Wood Mouse will live just about anywhere there is food and shelter. It traditionally roams fields, hedgerows, forests and grass lands where it can find plenty of food. They are omnivorous and will eat a range of seeds, berries, invertebrates, worms, carrion and other similar food. It tends to have a short life in the wild as so many different creatures prey on them, with an average age between 6 and 12 months, although they live longer in captivity and when conditions are favourable.

I think this was a baby as it was far less than 10cm from tip of quivering nose to end of tail.

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    • # Redro

      I like all creatures so I guess I could be so unwise to invite him in to dinner with me :) He's so cute.

      2010.08.02 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Nancy

      Oh dear, same problem here.....and three cats??? Hmmm okay to bring from the outside as presents, but the one inside.....Superb captures #3!!!

      2010.08.02 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Marsha

      A very tame mouse! He wanted to be a PB star so he posed for you ;))) Excellent shots, Sadhya!

      2010.08.02 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Ricardo

      I love these cuties!
      though if my grandma finds them, kills them without no mercy!
      I find them very cute though!
      superb shots!
      3# in my favorites! I really like these guys!

      2010.08.01 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Lynda

      Bady and Cody kill these unfortunately. Several years ago 1 of my then cats caught a tiny baby which I rescued from the jaws of death. I kept it in the spare room in a large hamster run with all the tunnels and balls and it lived to 5 years old!

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    • # Milton Jacob

      terrific/terrifying (for some, as u said) little cutie!! This is one of the usual visitors in our side... but get killed being considered as a pest!

      2010.08.01 Edited Reply Cancel