Deer Mice, White-Footed Mice, and their Relatives

Peter C. Smith, Jodi A. Carlson Scholz, Steven R. Wilson

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Peromyscus are myomorph rodents belonging to the family of Cricetidae and to the subfamily Neotominae. Neotominae comprises 16 genera of New World cricetid rodents including deer mice, woodrats, and their relatives. The white-footed mouse is the most commonly used in research. This chapter primarily describes the physical attributes, geographical habitat, lifespan, and uses in research of deer mice and white footed-mice. The chapter studies the infectious, bacterial, and viral diseases of deer mice. Despite their common names, deer mice and white-footed mice are not closely related to common laboratory mice of the genus Mus, or to laboratory rats (Rattus). Several inhalant and injectable anesthetic regimens have been used successfully in Peromyscus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Laboratory Rabbit, Guinea Pig, Hamster, and Other Rodents
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780123809209
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


  • Peromyscus
  • Peromyscus leucopus
  • Peromyscus maniculatus
  • deer mouse
  • white-footed mouse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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