Harvest Mouse

Latin name Micromys minutus
Class Mammals
Order Rodentia
Family Muridae
IUCN Status Least Concern
Habitat Hedgerows, long grass, cereal crops
Distribution Europe and Asia

General Information

Weighing just 4gm, the Harvest mouse is Europe’s smallest rodent. They are omnivores, feeding primarily on seeds and insects but also eat fruit and nectar.
Intricate woven nests are built during the breeding season and are attached to stems of long grasses high off the ground.

Threats: habitat loss

Lifespan: 18 months

Fun Fact

Harvest mice have a prehensile tail which they use to grip onto tall grasses or reeds.

Keeper Notes

Our harvest mice are part of a breeding programme co-ordinated by our other 2 centres: The New Forest Wildlife Park and the Chestnut Centre.