Grey Climbing Mouse

Grey Climbing Mouse
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Grey Climbing Mouse, Dendromus melanotis, also called Dark-eared climbing mouse, is a species of rodent in the family of African rodents, Nesomyidae, found in Nigeria only in the Jos plateau as D. m. exoneratus. The grey climbing mouse may have ochraceuos-red or ash-grey upperparts with indistinct or dark dorsal stripe and white underparts. Their prehensile tails and specially adap­ted toes make them well adap­ted to climbing slender grass stalks. These insectivorous little mammals are nocturnal and largely terrestrial. They are agile climbers, foraging in low bushes and in tall grass up to 2m above the ground. The tail, which is actually longer than the body, is used in climbing, curling around the grass stems to steady them as they move. Body mass is averagely 9.1g. Gestation period 23-27 days ends in the birth of a litter of 2 to 4 young whose lifespan is 3-4 years in captivity.