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Mouse ID, Germany 2019

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Old Monday 9th September 2019, 23:07   #1
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Mouse ID, Germany 2019

These pictures were taken earlier this month in the vicinity of Kiel in northern Germany.

The mouse in question was a runty little fellow (apparently its right front paw was crippled) exhibiting rather little fear of humans, and was moving about in broad daylight. That explains the close-up pictures, but it's also the main reason why I didn't pick up the critter to check its neck markings for myself, given that it could've been carrying all sorts of diseases.

The place of observation was a hedge between two fields (maize and wheat, respectively) on somewhat uneven ground, approximately 100m from a patch of forest. There were Bank Voles living nearby, one of which I also managed to get pictures of.

My guess is Apodemus sp. Is it possible to determine which one? I have a couple more shots, but none from underneath.
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Old Tuesday 10th September 2019, 06:23   #2
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I agree Apodemus sp. The greyish appearance and general roundedness suggest strongly to me that this is a juvenile (adult heads are more pointy), and I don't think it can be safely identified. I'd say its tail has been forcibly abbreviated as well.

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I agree Apodemus sp. The greyish appearance and general roundedness suggest strongly to me that this is a juvenile (adult heads are more pointy), and I don't think it can be safely identified. I'd say its tail has been forcibly abbreviated as well.

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At this age it is very difficult to separate the Apodemus species even in the hand.

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Thank you both, seems like the quest for a safe Wood Mouse/YNM ID continues. Well, at least I now have some decent shots of a number of species, and not all of them are as tough to identify as the above.
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