either wood mouse or yellow necked mouse
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The prettiest UK mammal, with melt-your-heart eyes?
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er, thanks but you don't say if this is wood mouse or yellow necked!!
You won't get a 100%, sure-fire, guaranteed verdict on its species - only opinion and reasons. So post an ID as either wood or yellow-necked - your title was 100% correct.
The yellow-necked mouse in general is larger than wood mouse and lighter in colour. This is by no means a rule. Looking at the picture and studying notes, books and pics I'm going 60-40 on it being yellow-necked mouse.
thanks. There are also a few smaller browner ones about which i just assumed were the young of this one as they tolerate each other but maybe this one is yellow necked and others are wood mice? The smaller ones are certainly tamer and i have hand fed one! The photo of this is here somewhere
I admire your reasoned guesswork... :-)
I used to work with a natural history nut - he was single and spent pretty much all of every weekend walking, surveying and recording natural history in the broadest sense, including using Longworth traps.
He always required a skull to determine wood or yellow-necked.....
Are but this is what iSpot is all about to gather a number of thoughts, experiences, knowledge eventually to = a probability.
Tthe balance of probability is that it is a wood mouse - simple statistics, even without considering location, if you add-in location, it is even more likely to be a wood mouse.
I'm going to go for yellow-necked mouse as I think I can see the start of a 'collar' of brown running from the shoulder we can see. I think it's on the edge of its range here but still a possibility. Will be interested in more expert views than mine:-)
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Yes I noticed that and have since talked to a friend who I consider eats and sleeps rodents ( I don't think he really eats them ?) and that is a good diagnostic point.
Unfortunately, markings on the neck are not diagnostic - I have provided trapped mice for ID that had significant collars and been assured that they were wood mice after the dentition had been examined.
The Yellow-necked mouse has proportionately larger ears than the wood mouse, and the ears in this picture look quite big to me. Yellow-necked mice are also supposed to be agressive when handled and Woodmice generally more passive.
Woodmice (and presumably yellow-necked), can climb their own tails if handled as per most mice, shrews etc., and do so, and use their ivory after having done so.
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