|Official Name||Field Mouse|
The Field Mouse is the largest known mouse to be found in Aloria, and has a unique feature to it that stuns both farmers and travellers alike; it’s large size. From its discovery to present day it has baffled researchers as to how it has survived and continues to do so. The population of this animal continues to grow exponentially, and has started to intrude on the various Ailor farms that are encroaching on this mouse’s habitat. Attempts to rid this animal from its habitat around Ailor settlements have been unsuccessful and continue to be even to this day.
The Field Mouse was first reported by Ailor in 300 AC on a small farm in Daendroc, though the Elves have recorded their presence as far back as three-thousand years before the Cataclysm. The records often tell of stories of Field Mice infesting and destroying the crop of whole plantations, though the scale and truth of these tales are up for debate by scholars.
The Field Mouse has become the epitome of fascination and anger for farmers all around Aloria following its re-discovery. They are found on every continent that has any sort of vegetation, but more commonly in places where there are open fields and farms for them to get their various nutrition. In the beginning of their discovery, they weren’t very common, only one or two sightings reported a year. Now, nearly every day there are hundreds of sightings of these animals by farmers. Their mass reproduction has caused them to become a pest to farmers as their population demands more and more food in recent years.
Despite their bad reputation, researchers love these animals. Many studies have been conducted on their effects in the ecosystem and the way they have seemingly appeared out of nowhere in just a few short years.
The appearance of the Field Mouse isn’t particularly shocking. It’s rather similar to that of a regular mouse, or mouse-like animal, except fairly large. The Field Mouse tends to grow to a staggering one foot in length, excluding the tail. Other than their unusually freakish size, their tail is nearly the same size as their body, causing their total length, when fully grown, to be almost two feet in length. The thing that separates these mice from others in their genus is that their body glows green at night, due to how their body digests the chlorophyll that makes up the majority of their diet. Due to a chemical found in their body, the skin of the mouse excretes a foul-smelling substance that spreads across the fur of the animal. It is this gel-like substance that gives them their glow.
Males tend to grow larger than females, more often than not reaching the full size of their species in just under a year. Females tend to grow to about a foot and a half from tip to tail, though it is not underheard of for a female to grow to the same size as a male. All members of this species have various colorings of brown, grey, black, and white on their fur. Every single mouse also glows a bright neon green at night.
Life Span and Development
These mice are born in litters of ten to twelve. Mating occurs in the summer months and their gestation cycle (pregnancy) is only a month long. These mice are born blind and deaf and remain that way until three weeks after birth, when they are weaned off their mother’s milk and begin to contribute to the family unit. If another pack of field mice is not found within a year, it is common for the siblings of the same family to depart together and begin a new family unit in another area. The lifespan of these animals is about six years but during that time they can have up to a hundred babies and spread like a wildfire if the food is abundant.
During the winter months in cold areas, the mice stock up on various plants, generally abundant in chlorophyll. They don’t hibernate, but they do remain underground in small burrows to remain warm and prevent predators from getting them for the duration of winter. Curiously, mice in temperate regions do not have this same behavior.
In captivity, these mice do not live nearly as long as their eating habits cause them to need constant supervision, as well as their size and odor being a common issue for keepers of these animals. They also do not grow nearly as large, the most ever being recorded at a foot in size, including the tail. Abducting one of these mice at adulthood from its family unit will cause it to starve itself.
These mice are technically able to be tamed, though are generally only done so for research purposes. It is not a popular pet due to this bioluminescence, odor, and size. Researchers often acquire the tamed versions of these animals to study how their bodies work and how they have an effect on the ecosystems. The mice tend to be rather docile creatures in the wild and in captivity, simply scouring whatever their cage or habitat is for food. Their only defense mechanism is their foul-smelling fur, which will hopefully cause any predators to leave them alone.
Territory and Groupings
The field mouse is not particularly territorial, they tend to make small burrows where they store food for the winter when they go underground. Other than wintertime, they are migrational, and have no reason to be territorial. The field mouse operates in small family units, whether that be with their mate, or with their family, depending on the age of the mouse. A group of field mice are called shrub.
- There is hopes that the substance they produce for their fur can be used as some sort of repellant, though all attempts have been unsuccessful.
- A team of biologists in Calemburg have recently created a perfume using the musk produced by the Field Mouse. All attempts to market said smell have failed once the buyer actually takes a whiff.