Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse
The mother mouse gives birth to a litter of 3 or 4 mice. The young mice arouse from their long sleep after 5 days. Another 5 days, and they'll get kicked out of the house, or in this case, the nest.
After that, everyday is just the same, following the 3 hour schedule: eat 1/2 hour, and sleep 2 1/2 hour. With all this sleeping, there's no need for hibernating.
A little classification for you classy people:
Genus: Micromys Minutus
Species: Old World Harvest Mouse
The Salt Marsh Harvest Mice are related to Plains Harvest Mice, Fulvous Harvest Mice, Western Harvest Mice, and House Mice. Although it would be like: oh yeah, he's my twice removed cousin, don't worry, he's still a mouse.
Why they are endangered
- a tub (region of land)
- a few sponges (salt marshes)
- small candy wrappers (pollution)
- dirt (pollution)
- cooking oil (pollution)
- a log (mountain)
- small pebbles (boulders)
- water (rain)
- put the log in the tub and line up a few sponges next to it.
- scatter the pebbles on the "mountain"
- now pour water from the top of the mountain. Notice how the salt marshes soak up the rain and stop the boulders?
- take away some of the sponges
- add more pebbles, cooking oil, candy wrappers, and dirt.
- now pour the water again. notice some of the pollution and boulders get pass the salt marshes? If we had houses where the salt marshes used to be, they would be flooded. Through this model, we can see that the salt marshes not only benefit the animals living in it, but that it's crucial to our lives.
What we can do to help
1) Donate money to salt marsh wildlife refuges
2) volunteer at a refuge or wildlife center
3) donate land
4) remember the 3 R's (recycle, reuse, and reduce) to fuel down pollution
5) be creative and find your own ways to make endangered animals thrive!