Rodents

Rodent

 

House Mice

Rodents - Mice 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

Rodents - VoleVoles 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

Rodents - Ground Squirrel 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

Rodents - Pocket Gopher 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.