|Official Name||Longtail Mouse|
|Common Nicknames||Venom Rat|
In the wilds of Aloria resides the Longtail Mouse, seldom seen by anyone. The mouse’s breeding habits have caused its population to slowly thin out and its rarity has only increased since its discovery. The Longtail Mouse was discovered on accident and has remained well hidden from the outside world. This animal has a unique set of defense mechanisms that have baffled researchers that have tried to study them. From its venomous, snake-like bite, to its long tail that acts like a whip, these fist-sized creatures pack a bigger punch than most animals double their size. Recent attempts to tame these animals have fallen short but their venom’s price on the black market has soared due to its usefulness and rarity.
The Longtail Mouse was first reported on Anglian farms in the year 30 BC. In the years following this discovery, many scholars searched the farms where they were supposedly found but to no avail. The migratory pattern of this animal was undiscovered at the time and the scientific community thought that the farmhands who reported them were lying and wrote off their claims as an attempt at fame. After that, the Longtail Mouse went relatively undisturbed, no sighting of this animal was reported for decades. That was until one of those farmhands, who was now getting into his later years, caught this feral creature and presented it to all those who scorned him.
Despite being handed this odd creature, not much was able to be learned about the species past how it worked anatomically. The patterns of migration and reproduction were unknown or speculated at best. Researchers set out on a quest to retrieve males and females of this species and observe their behaviors but had little success. This strange animal remains a mystery and will most likely stay that way until they are extinct.
The Longtail Mouse resembles a house mouse and is similar in size. It is is only the size of an Ailor’s clenched fist when fully grown. Though it has a very long tail in comparison to its body. The tail’s length varies between six to eight inches and has the unique feature of acting like a whip. The texture of the tail is very rough and the end of the tail is flat, this part is generally used to inflict the damage it wants on its prey. The tail is generally ineffective against predators because the animal cannot break through skin on any feathered or fur-bearing animals. The other defense mechanism that they have is a venomous bite, which cause predators to become paralyzed temporarily so that they can make their escape. This venom is not effective against larger races but is often used in hunting small game like rabbits and squirrels. The mouse’s upper and lower canine teeth are both responsible for injecting venom into its enemy, this causes the extraction of the venom to be rather difficult. The coloring of these animals is always pure white.
The males of this species tend to have the longer tails as they are responsible for protecting the family unit as they migrate from area to area. Females still have the whip at the end of their tail but it tends to be far shorter and less useful. They are also the same size, with little difference in terms of appearance. The number of males and females is almost entirely even because this species has a unique trait when reproducing, always bearing a male and female when birthing.
Life Span and Development
The Longtail Mouse is unique in the animal kingdom as it always produces a male and female offspring when they mate. They only mate once a year but once a mate is found, they become partners for life. The offspring is born blind and deaf, like most other mice species but they only remain that way for a week. After weaning off their mother’s milk the male and female offspring part ways from the parents and go to find a mate. Generally the offspring are eaten by predators before being able to reproduce. The average lifespan of these animals is only six months, and they are unable to be domesticated. The short average lifespan of the animal is due to the large amount of predators that prey on them, the maximum known age of these creatures is three years though hardly any survive that long.
The Longtail Mouse is extremely intolerant of other animals in the same vicinity. No matter the amount of effort put forward by breeders, the Longtail Mouse has always been unable to be tamed. Even when raised from birth, the youngest can survive without its mother, and its instincts remain. This causes it to lash out whenever an Ailor tries to hold it. In the wild it also tends to lash out at any animal that comes near it, especially predators. During mating season the Longtail Mouse is especially aggressive, especially the females.
Territory and Groupings
The Longtail Mouse is almost always found in groups of two or four. If mating season has just occurred, then it will be found that the male and female mates will have two pups with them at all times, but if mating season has passed, then it is common to only find the male and female together as the offspring depart only shortly after weaning off the mother’s milk. These animals are extremely protective of their young and also of themselves. Their aggression has caused them to be more akin to small wolverines than mice. They are not particularly territorial, as they tend be be migrational with whatever food source they want to eat at the time. They tend to just eat whatever they can come across, but tend to stay carnivorous if they can. The low amount of reproduction per year has caused these animals to slowly die out from the time they were discovered and finding one of these mammals outside a research center is becoming more and more rare.
- The Longtail Mouse is the rarest of all mice species.
- It is thought that the Longtail Mouse was once the same species as the field mouse but some event caused it to radically change.