Iceland: Mice

The field mouse (apodemus sylvaticus) is found throughout Europe. These mice like grassy fields, cultivated areas and woodlands although they will live anywhere they can find adequate shelter. They may move into human habitations in the fall and winter. The sense of smell is highly developed. They subsist on seeds and herbs and will also eat insects, storing their supplies in holes close to their nests. The house mouse (Mus musculus) is grey, brown or almost black in colour. It is smaller than the field mouse and has a longer tail. House mice eat all kinds of plant matter and consume any human food that is accessible and other household materials. Many mice store their food or live within a human food storage facility while others live in the wild. It is estimated that the mouse came to Iceland with the settlers but it has never been very common in this country.

Day of issue : 10-03-2005
Printing process : Offset
Number in Sheet : 10
Printer : Osterreichische Staatsdruckerei
Size : 24.48 x 38 mm
Designer : Anna Pora Arnadottir / Jon Baldur Hlidberg
Value : 45 ISK, 125 ISK

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