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The White-footed Mouse has a pointed nose, black eyes, and a tail that is at least as long as its body, often longer. The white-footed mouse can be brown, red, or gray on top and is white on its underside, legs and feet.

White-footed mice are usually solitary, coming together only during mating season and then separating to live alone. They prefer to live in or near wooded areas where they feed on small insects, seeds and nuts, roots, and in the fall they store food near their nest for winter.

The white-footed mouse is a common host for the black-legged tick, which carries Lyme disease, and there have been a few cases reported of white-footed mice carrying the Hantavirus.


Brown, red or gray




Adults are 90–100 mm (3.5–3.9 in) in length, not counting the tail, which can add another 63–97 mm (2.5–3.8 in). A young adult weighs 20–30 g (0.7–1.1 oz). While their maximum lifespan is 96 months, the mean life expectancy for the species is 45.5 months for females and 47.5 for males. In northern climates, the average life expectancy is 12–24 months.

Control Advice

Seal openings to your home, use airtight containers when storing fabrics in basements, garages or outdoor sheds. Never sweep mice droppings, get professional advice before cleaning.

Active Seasons

The white-footed mouse is most active in spring, fall and winter.

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