Peromyscus leucopus


Common Names: White-footed mouse, woodmouse
Category: Mammals
Sub-category: Rodents


A common house mouse in Connecticut. Adults are 90 to 100 mm in length, not counting the tail, which can add another 63 to 97 mm. While their maximum lifespan is 96 months, the mean life expectancy for the species is 45.5 months for females and 47.5 for males. In northern climates, the average life expectancy is 12 to 24 months. White-footed mice are omnivorous, and eat seeds and insects. It is timid and generally avoids humans, but they occasionally take up residence in ground-floor walls of homes and apartments, where they build nests and store food.

Edible Notes: While not typically considered palatable, mice are edible when cooked. Although there obviously isn't much meat.
Warnings: Generally considered a pest. It may carry hantaviruses, which cause severe illness in humans. It has also been found to be a competent reservoir for the Lyme disease-causing spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi. Otherwise not generally dangerous to humans. They are capable of inflicting a painful bite which could transmit disease or infection.
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