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Harvest mouse

Micromys minutus

Description:
The harvest mouse is Europe’s smallest rodent. Its body and tail are roughly equal in length, between 5 and 7.5 centimetres, and it weighs just 4 grams. Its fur is predominantly yellow to rusty brown, and whitish underneath.

Habitat:
It is typically found in wet meadows covered with tall grasses, other wetland vegetation, and cereal cropland at low elevations throughout most of Europe and temperate Asia.

Habits:
Active both day and night, the harvest mouse climbs well, using its prehensile tail as a fifth limb. It builds oval-shaped nests from available vegetation. During the summer, the nests are perched among reeds, sticks or branches; during the winter, the nests are situated on the ground or in burrows. The harvest mouse feeds on seeds, berries, buds and insects. It hibernates during the winter.

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