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Shark Bay Mouse

Shark Bay Mouse

Status: Vulnerable
Classification: Mammals
Scientific Name: Pseudomys praeconis
Date Listed as Endangered: December 2, 1970

Also known as Pseudomys praeconis, this species is often found in Australia particularly in the Shark Bay. It has been reported that they also exist in Doole Island and west of the Montebello Islands.

The Shark Bay mouse is considered a robust mouse with a long and wide coat with yellow-brown colour and paler underparts. The top of its tail is coloured gray with white underneath. The normal length of adults measures 115 mm (4.5 inches). Their tails grow up to 125 mm (5 inches). Their normal weight measures 30 to 60 grams (1 to 2 ounces).

The Shark Bay Mouse

Shark bay mouse prefer sandy areas as their habitat. They feed on fungi, insects, spiders, flowers and plants. Breeding occurs anytime with a gestation period of 28 days. Shark bay mouse life span is only 2 years.

Threats to the existence of this species is not yet identified. It is believed that loss of their food due to grazing and agricultural development affects them directly.

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