Large Eared Mouse
wildlife of Namibia
Introduction: The large-eared mouse (Malacothrix typica) is so called (rather obviously) because of its large ears. They are known to travel relatively long distances (100m) away from burrows at night in search of food. Karroid shrubs (small, smelly bushes) and short grass attract this mouse. Like many mice, it is nocturnal.
Diet: Insects and seeds.
Colouring: A buffy-grey coat with a dark patch between the ears, running down the shoulders narrowing into a stripe down the middle of the back. Forelimbs and the underparts are a dirty white.
Breeding: Young are born naked and blind between August and March. Adult weight is reached after 90 days.
Size: Body length of 76mm. Tail 36mm. Weight: 16g.
Large lodge situated at the Namutoni entrance gate to Etosha. Excellent facilities but expect to share these with large group tours