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Reithrodontomys mexicanus

Mexican Harvest Mouse

Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae


Conservation Status: Least Concern.

Mexican Harvest Mice are at home in a variety of habitats, including mountain oak forests, dry lowland forests, dry scrubland, cleared land, and farms. They are good climbers and often locate their little round nests, which they make of grasses and plant fibers, above the ground. They have litters of 3-4 young. They eat green plants and occasionally insects. Although an adult Mexican Harvest Mouse weighs only about as much as a compact disk, it is far from the smallest Reitherodontomys.

Range: Head and Body: 69-100 mm; Tail: 92-134 mm

Range: 14-18 g


Saussure, M.H., 1860. Revue et Magasin de Zoologie Pure et Appliquée, Paris, ser. 2, 12:109.


Mammal Species of the World

Distribution of Reithrodontomys mexicanus