Salt Marsh Harvest MouseAn Animal Report Katie La Date: March 18
Description of the Animal • The Salt Marsh Mouse has a dark brown coat. • The belly and sides are pinkish, cinnamon to yellowish brown. • Its body length ranges from 2.75 to 3.0 inches. The tail can be equal to the body or even longer. • The body weight ranges from 0.3 to 0.5 ounces.
* Habitats • The mice like to live in nest. They can live in the bird nests or make their own. • Most of their nests are found in marshes where there is a pickle weed field. • It also likes shady slopes and grassy places.
Food • These marsh mice a nocturnal. • At night it feeds on a pickle weed plant and drinks salty water • It eats seeds, fruits, grain, and green vegetation. • In the winter, it eats fresh green grass, and for the rest of the year is pickle weed and slat grass.
Body System • Some daily movement of individuals from pickle weed marsh to higher grasslands occurs in a spring and summer or otherwise as a plant cover affords to escape from predators.
Survival • The Salt Marsh Mouse is an endangered mammal. • The mouse adapts over time to change their environment by variations in genetic make-up. • Genetic variability allows animals with appropriate genes to respond to change in the environment, like temperature fluctuations
Conclusion • The Salt Marsh Mouse is a small primarily nocturnal rodent found in coast salt marsh of San Francisco Bay and its tributaries. • The rodent prefers a tidal costal salt marshes stands of pickleweed marshes are also used to, but only when new grass growth affords suitable cover.
Bibliography/Photo Credits • www.yahoo.com • http://desfbay.fws.gov/Images/Salt%20Marsh%20Harvest%20Mouse.jpg • http://sacramento.fws.gov/images/salt_marsh_harvest_mouse_lg.gif