Deer mice have large eyes and ears as well as keen noses and long whiskers for perceiving their environment. Morphological and physiological responses to altitude in deer mice Peromyscus maniculatus. Regulatory changes contribute to the adaptive enhancement of thermogenic capacity in high-altitude deer mice. Furthermore, while classic work on the lungs suggests that diffusive capacity is in excess at sea level Hsia et al. They are also an important food source for various predators.
All residential use of agricultural baits is prohibited. I have a dear mouse I found when she was little she bit me once but never got sick I also have her with a pet mouse and both seem to be fine. Because deer mice are abundant and found nearly everywhere, they are a major food for such carnivores as coyotes, foxes, bobcats, weasels, skunks, badgers, grasshopper mice, snakes, owls, and other birds of prey. They will also gnaw on bones or antlers for the calcium. More often their runways are transformed into tunnels under the layer of snow. Nongame mammals found injuring or threatening crops or other property may be controlled at any time in any legal manner by the owner or tenant of the premises.
Deer Mouse Management Guidelines--UC IPM
Young deer mice become sexually mature at days, and females may produces litters by the end of their first summer. Cold acclimation in Peromyscus: Phenotypic plasticity and genetic adaptation to high-altitude hypoxia in vertebrates. Home range is the area an animal normally lives in. These studies have shown that while there is a genetic basis to many of the differences in the thermogenic performance of deer mice from different altitudes Cheviron et al.
Picture 2 — Deer Mouse Photo. Common predators of these mammals include owls, minks, snakes, bobcats, weasels, skunks, foxes and coyotes. These teeth become effective weapons for the males in fights over females. The tail length of different sub species varies from 5 cm to 30 cm 2. The usual means of locomotion is walking or running, but when pursued, deer mice leap.