| Singing mice stand up on their hind legs and sing. Both males and females do this, making trilling calls that sound insect-like. They eat some seeds and fruit, but are mostly insectivorous. In captivity, they quickly attack and kill many kinds of insects. Beetles are a favorite food. In the wild, they are diurnal and most active in the morning, scurrying along paths and runways. With their dark brown backs, small black ears, short tails, and smooth, shiny fur, they can be mistaken for shrews. Although they can climb, they spend most of their time on the ground. They are fairly common in highland forests, especially cloud forests, and are also found on forest edges and in grassy clearings. Short-tailed Singing Mice breed year-round. Captives build elaborate nests and have litters of 1-3. Both sexes care for the young, which are weaned when they are about three weeks of age.
Head and Body: 66-86 mm; Tail: 48-60 mm
Alston, E.R., 1876 . Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 1876:755 .
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