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Harvest Mouse

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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.

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Latin name - Micromys minutus

Class - Mammals

Order - Rodentia

Family - Muridae

IUCN Status - Least Concern

Habitat - Hedgerows, long grass, cereal crops

Distribution - Europe and Asia


Habitat loss


18 months

Fun Fact

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

Our Residents

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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