jan_rix's picture

Is it possible to determine if wood or house mouse from this ?

Observed: 18th December 2010 By: jan_rixjan_rix’s reputation in Mammalsjan_rix’s reputation in Mammalsjan_rix’s reputation in Mammals
dead mouse 18th December 2010 1
dead mouse 18th December 2010 2
dead mouse 18th December 2010 3
dead mouse 18th December 2010 4

seems to have quite large ears and warm-brown rather than greyish fur. found in attic which is open at the eaves to the outside; nearby cache of hazel-nut shells. we have heard alot of scurrying up there at nights during the autumn months. no particular "mousey" smell but maybe that goes after death

Species interactions

No interactions present.


anonymous spotter's picture

Wood mouse -

I think: having clicked to agree, I had doubts when I looked at the apparent colour of the second shot. This is more house-mouse grey. The others seem to be more wood-mouse brown, and as pointed out, the ears are quite large.

jan_rix's picture

perhaps the washed-out colour in the second shot...

...could be an effect from over-exposure due to camera flash at close range? all are of the same animal

anonymous spotter's picture

Yes - very likely

As I say, overall impression is of a wood mouse.

rimo's picture

The distinct demarcation line

The distinct demarcation line between pale underside and brown uppers strongly suggests Wood Mouse, as does the caching of nuts and nut shells

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