Photo Credit: Necrophorus at de.wikipedia
As I was gathering information for my last blog on rodents, I came across this interesting little mouse.
This member of the rodent family can be found from Mexico, through the central United States and into Canada.
They prefer dryer sandier soils. Here in Kansas you can find them in the shrub lands and sandy grasslands of the Western two thirds of the state.
The sandy soil is conducive to this rodent digging their burrows.
Forget about your image of the shy, timid mouse. There seems to be nothing shy or timid about this little mouse.
A fascinating fact about the Northern Grasshopper Mouse is that they emit high-pitched howls. This sound is said to be similar to the howl of a wolf and can be heard up to 100 feet. They use this sound as a mating call, hunting call or to broadcast boundaries.
Like other mice, their boundaries are marked with glandular secretions. They are aggressive about defending their territory and will attack intruders. Image that!
The Northern Grasshopper Mouse is carnivorous. Their diet consists mainly of grasshoppers, along with other insects that accidentally happen into their territory. They eat some seeds and plants also.
They do resemble other mice in coloring with their grayish fur and white underbelly. The noticeable difference is that their tails are short and thick unlike the slender long tails of other mice.
How interesting it would be to observe this little mouse! If you have ever had the occasion to witness this little dynamo in action, drop us a note at www.worldpestonline.com we would love to hear from you.
You can read more about the Northern Grasshopper Mouse on various websites.
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