Species Details


Mus booduga

Indian Field Mouse Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Mus booduga
Family : Muridae
Order : Rodentis
Class : Mammalia
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Little Indian Field Mouse
Habitat : Forest, Shrubland, Grassland
Description : The common Indian field mouse typically grows to a length of around 12-15 cm (4.7-5.9 in) and weighs between 20-30 grams (0.7-1.1 oz).

It has a brown or grayish-brown fur that blends well with its surroundings. It has large ears, small black eyes, and a long, scaly tail that is usually longer than its body.

These mice are commonly found in fields, agricultural lands, grasslands, and meadows across India. They prefer to live in burrows underground or in grassy areas.

Common Indian field mice are nocturnal animals and are most active at night. They feed on seeds, grains, insects, and other small animals.

They breed throughout the year and have a gestation period of about 21-24 days. They can give birth to 4-6 pups per litter and can have up to 6 litters per year.

They play an important role in maintaining the ecological balance as they are prey for many predators, including snakes, owls, and other larger mammals.

However, these mice can also be considered pests as they can cause damage to crops and stored food items, and can spread diseases such as leptospirosis and salmonellosis.
We should be aware to protect them for future generations.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Asad U. Tanvir,Department of Zoology,Jagannath University,Dhaka; reviewed by:Muntasir Akash,Department of Zoology,University of Dhaka;Taxonomic Checklist:Red List of Bangladesh Volume 2: Mammals, 2015, IUCN; information sources:wikipedia,iucnredlist.org; photo credit:harshithjv(www.inaturalist.org/people/harshithjv), photo copyright: iNaturalist.more information please contact with us.