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.
Latin name - Micromys minutus
Class - Mammals
Order - Rodentia
Family - Muridae
IUCN Status - Least Concern
Habitat - Hedgerows, long grass, cereal crops
Distribution - Europe and Asia
Harvest mice have a prehensile tail which they use to grip onto tall grasses or reeds.
Our harvest mice are part of a breeding programme coordinated by Battersea Park Children's Zoo and our partner park, The New Forest Wildlife Park.
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