|Pygmy Mouse (Dwergmuis - Mus minutoides) on the stony slopes at Tygerberg|
The homebrew Sony was pointing at a small hole on the burnt slopes and I was lucky enough to get the above photograph. These mice are pretty small. Their body length is about 6 cm and their tail about 4 cm. The whole package weighs in at 6 g.
|Pygmy Mouse checking out the hole - it's good to know where the exists are in the event of an emergency|
The Sony and Bushnell were setup in the same general area and both photographed a Pygmy Mouse. These mice can dig their own burrows, but will also use burrows made by other species.
|Four-Striped Grass Mouse (Streepmuis - Rhabdomys pumilio) at the same entrance|
I was able to get some images of two other rodent species in similar positions. This helps to illustrate the size difference. The Four-Striped Grass Mouse has an approximately 10 cm long body and 10 cm tail, weighing in at 30-85 g.
|The Vlei Rat (Vleirot - Otomys irroratus) is clearly much bigger than the Pygmy Mouse|
The Vlei Rat in turn has a body length of about 15 cm and a tail length of merely 9 cm. They weigh in at 120 g.
|There are many of these "tree-like-footprints" in the burnt area at Tygerberg (Were these made by Ents? Can it be...?)|
Another interesting difference is that the two mouse species feed on plants, seeds and insects, but the rat in strictly vegetarian.