The house mouse is a small, slender rodent that has a slightly pointed nose, small, black, somewhat protruding eyes, large, sparsely haired ears, and a nearly hairless tail with obvious scale rings. House mice are considered among the most troublesome and economically important rodents in the group.
Voles are small, mouse-like rodents that exist throughout Nebraska. Though commonly called meadow or field mice, their short tails (about 1 inch long), stocky build, and small eyes distinguish them from true mice. Voles can cause problems by damaging lawns, gardens, tree plantings, and other plants.
Ground squirrels, since they forage above the ground. Their body measures 8 to 11 inches, while their busy tail adds another 4 to 8 inches in length. Their fur is a brownish gray while their tail usually has speckles of white.
Pocket gophers are burrowing rodents with stocky bodies, small ears and eyes, and a sparsely-haired tail. Pocket gophers derive their name from the large, external fur-lined cheek pouches that allow them to carry food or bedding material to underground caches or nests. They are well-adapted to living below ground. Pocket gophers can gnaw on roots without ingesting soil because their lips can close behind their large incisors.