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GA Perennial Plant Data

 
Is it a Mouse, Vole, Mole or Shrew?

The common names are linked to sites with photos and more information.


 
GROUP (order) HOUSE MOUSE
Rodentia
MEADOW VOLE
Rodentia
EASTERN MOLE
Insectivora
SHORT-TAILED SHREW
Insectivora
FAMILY Muridae Cricetidae Talpidae Soricidae
AVG.BODY LENGTH
WITHOUT TAIL
3 1/4" 4 1/2" 6" 3 5/8"
AVG. TAIL LENGTH Long, scaly
3"
Short
1 3/8"
Short
1"
Short 7/8"
FUR Gray to brown, variable Brown, short, smooth Gray, soft, thick, velvety Gray, soft, short
EYES Small Small, beady Tiny, hidden under fur, tell only light from dark Small, Beady
EARS Prominent, naked Well-developed, hidden by fur Well-developed, hidden by fur Small
FOOD Grains, many foods Vegetarians, bark/roots/stems, girdle young trees Insects, grubs, earthworms Insects, worms, voles, eat its own weight in few hours.
OTHER CHARACTERISTICS Pointed snout, lg. ears, long tail, musky odor from glands near anal opening Short, rounded head, short tail, tunnels in grass above ground Lg outward facing, paddle-like forelimbs, long snout, lg. body Pointed snout, top of feet pink or white, poisonous saliva, nervous behavior
CONTROL Baited mouse trap with mixture of peanut butter & rolled oats; remove all food sources Use mouse trap baited with pieces of apple or peanut butter & oats Eradicate grubs in lawn or use harpoon trap over active burrow Should not be trapped or killed because it is beneficial in eating insects/grubs

From The Greenhorn, Men's Garden Club, Mansfield, Ohio