This little rodent can grow to be 70-140 mm long, but its tail can add 61-96 mm to those measurements. Its weight ranges from 12-49.5 grams approximate. This species can reproduce all year. Females usually have eight nipples and can give birth to six litters yearly; each litter may have up to six mice.
The striped field mouse likes to live in prairies, grasses, rice fields, the woods, gardens, marshes, cornfields, reedbeds, and forests. It is agile and capable of swimming and leaping. It lives in holes underground, which it inhabits during the nighttime, as this mouse is a diurnal animal. However, these patterns may change with the seasons becoming nocturnal during the summer, and diurnal during the cold months of winter. In autumn, it can be found during night and day. It prefers environments that have lots of foliage and a variety of grasses and vegetation and moist areas.
In captivity, the diet should match what it eats in the wild as close as possible. This may include mouse mix of grains and seeds, green veggies, some servings of fruit, crickets, captive bred worms, wheat bread, and cheerios - the last two as a small quantity treat. However, junk food such as salty foods, chocolate, and other treats might harm these critters so it should never be fed to them. A vitamin supplement such as Nutrical - usually sold by veterinarians - is beneficial in very small quantities and reduced amounts and not to be overdone.
The reproduction of this species is high and natural occurrences such as rains, small predators, and freezing soils keeps it under control.
Picture of the striped field mouse by Silke Sohler, licensed under GFDL
The Striped field mouse is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Namings for the striped field mouseA young / baby of a striped field mouse is called a 'pinkie, kitten or pup'. The females are called 'doe' and males 'buck'. A striped field mouse group is called a 'nest, colony, harvest, horde or mischief'.
CountriesArmenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Korea, North, Korea, South, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Taiwan, Turkey and Ukraine
Some facts about the
Striped field mouse
Adult weight : 0.022 kg (0.0484 lbs)
Female maturity :76 days
Male maturity : 76 days
Gestation : 22 days
Weaning : 27 days
Litter size : 6
Litters per year : 3
Interval between litters : 20 days
Weight at birth : 0.002 kg (0.0044 lbs)
Body mass : 0.021 kg (0.0462 lbs)