One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A common deer mouse with white feet, found in the US and Mexico.
Peromyscus leucopus, family Muridae
- ‘A total of 60 white-footed mice yielded 16 species of mites, two species of ticks, two species of fleas, and one species of louse.’
- ‘And meadow voles, by excluding white-footed mice from some habitats, may reduce the risk of Lyme disease, which is carried by ticks that feed off these mice.’
- ‘While meadow voles rarely leave grassy fields to enter forests, white-footed mice are generalists, preferring forests but frequenting old fields as well.’
- ‘Little loggers make a big difference: the tastes of two small rodents - the meadow vole and the white-footed mouse - can determine what trees grow in a forest’
- ‘Some rodents, especially the deer mouse, rice rat, white-footed mouse and cotton rat, may carry hantaviruses.’
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