Deer Mouse 

Deer Mouse

Other Names: Field Mouse, White-footed Mouse

Feasting on seeds, grains and fruit, Field Mice often aggravate farmers when they infiltrate grain silos and storage bins. These rodents are well-known carriers of the deadly Hantavirus which has caused numerous deaths in the United States. As prolific breeders, they pose serious health risks for humans and pets.


Description | Reproduction | Diet | Habitat

Description of the Deer Mouse 

Peromyscus Maniculatus

Deer Mouse

Reddish-brown to golden brown, white feet & chest, bi-colored tail

½-1 ounce

4 inches

2.5 inches

Small head & body; larger than a House Mouse

Large, sparsely furred ears

Large, protruding black eyes

2 years

¼ inch long; pointed ends; dark color

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Reproduction of the Deer Mouse 

Deer Mouse Family

4 pups per litter

2-4 per year

1 month

20 days

Indoors: All year; Outdoors: Spring & Fall

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Diet of the Deer Mouse 

Deer Mouse Family

1/10 ounce

Utilizes moisture in food

Insects, nuts, seeds, berries

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Habitat of the Deer Mouse 

Eastern 2/3 of the US; rural & semi-rural; do not appear in urban environments

Ledges beneath decks, garages, barns, inside of cars, burrows around tree roots; Less than 30 ft. from food source

up to 30 ft. from nest

Nocturnal; most feeding occurs 30 minutes after sunset and before sunrise

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