Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Harvest Mouse Triptych

Tuesday 1st March.

A collection of Harvest Mice images put together to form a Triptych.

The Harvest Mouse ranges from 55 to 75 millimetres (2.2 to 3.0 in) long, and its tail from 50 to 75 millimetres (2.0 to 3.0 in) long; it weighs from 4 to 11 grams (0.14 to 0.39 oz), or about half the weight of the House Mouse (Mus musculus). Its eyes and ears are relatively large. It has a small nose, with short, stubble-like whiskers, and thick, soft fur, somewhat thicker in winter than in summer.

The upper part of the body is brown, sometimes with a yellow or red tinge, and the under-parts range from white to cream coloured. It has a prehensile tail which is usually bicoloured and furless at the tip. The mouse's rather broad feet are adapted specifically for climbing, with a somewhat opposable large outermost toe, allowing it to grip stems with each hindfoot and its tail, thus freeing the mouse's forepaws for food collection. Its tail is also used for balance.

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