Definition of deer mouse in English:

deer mouse


  • A mainly nocturnal mouse found in a wide range of habitats in North and Central America.

    • ‘The mice that are there are deer mice, but they've adapted to blend in with the lighter concrete so they're a different color than deer mice anywhere else.’
    • ‘For example, yellow pine chipmunks and deer mice pilfer each other's cached seeds under wet conditions.’
    • ‘In half of the 20 trials, a yellow pine chipmunk was the initial cacher and in half a deer mouse was the initial cacher.’
    • ‘I spotted a common deer mouse scurrying around on the ground.’
    • ‘During this time, the sight of a lone deer mouse and an injured bird seeking food in the suddenly barren environment saddened Basabe.’
    • ‘The joint efforts of the deer mice and the flying squirrels also appear to provide the main means of entrance for ‘the crowd.’’
    • ‘The drought killed off owls, snakes, coyotes and foxes, natural predators of the native deer mouse, which then enjoyed a 10-fold population increase.’
    • ‘Predators such as weasels, Mustela nivalis, can detect female deer mice, Peromyscus maniculatus, that are in reproductive condition, probably using their odor.’
    • ‘Voles eat seedlings, but deer mice eat seeds, especially the larger seeds of ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir.’
    • ‘Some rodents, especially the deer mouse, rice rat, white-footed mouse and cotton rat, may carry hantaviruses.’
    • ‘It turns out, however, that the deer mouse views these larvae as yummy snacks and, while foraging for them, may accidentally ingest whole knapweed seeds.’
    • ‘In all other habitats, the forest deer mouse (P. oreas) was the most frequently detected species.’
    • ‘One third of 1,870 species examined would be in trouble and three small rodents, the smokey pocket gopher, Alcorn's pocket gopher and jico deer mouse would go the way of the dodo.’
    • ‘Voles (Microtus spp.), deer mice (Peromyscus spp.) and house mice can live and travel in these underground corridors.’
    • ‘In dry soils, seeds emit little or no odor, and consequently, yellow-pine chipmunks and deer mice had much lower foraging success in dry substrates in both laboratory and field experiments.’
    • ‘On their own, coyotes in Yellowstone hunt voles and deer mice year-round along with ground squirrels in summer.’
    • ‘The hemoglobin in the blood of high-elevation deer mice holds onto oxygen better than that of its lower-elevation relatives, which may enable the animal to keep up foraging, courtship, and other important activities year-round.’
    • ‘The deer mouse disappeared, and a myotis bat scrambled into the shaft that led from hearth to open sky.’
    • ‘To see if this was a general trend of laboratory domestication or was something specific to the house mouse, she investigated a second species, the deer mouse.’
    • ‘In New Brunswick, Sekgororoane and Dilworth found higher numbers of deer mice near 6-10 year-old clearcut edges than at distances farther away.’