It differs from the previous species in noticeably large sizes. On the throat or chest, this animal usually has a distinct ocher-yellow spot of various sizes and shapes. This mouse inhabits deciduous forests, preferring cluttered oak forests with dense undergrowth. This is perhaps the most “woody” of our mice, it settles more often than other species both in natural hollows and in artificial bird hollows. It feeds mainly on seeds, acorns and nuts. In the zone of mixed forests, it is distributed sporadically, although in some places it is not rare. In the deciduous forest zone, this is a common species.
Broad-leaved forests of Europe from Poland to the Southern Urals. Marked in Moscow (1). In the Moscow region, the species was registered in the Naro-Fominsk district (2), on the border of the Podolsky and Chekhov districts, in Serpukhov and Serebryano-Prudsky districts (2, 3). The yellow-throated mouse was caught annually at the Malinki Institute of Petroleum and Epidemiology, Russian Academy of Sciences, on the border of the Naro-Fominsky and Podolsky Districts (3).
Features of biology and ecology
It lives in deciduous and coniferous-deciduous forests, shrubs, and gardens. Often settles in hollows. Climbing trees well. It feeds mainly on the seeds of trees and herbs, and also eats insects. It stocks acorns, linden seeds, etc. Gives 2-3 litters annually, 4-8 cubs each (4).