Peruvian Desert Mice: Water Independence, Competition, and Breeding Cycle near the Equator

Science  03 May 1968:
Vol. 160, Issue 3827, pp. 552-553
DOI: 10.1126/science.160.3827.552


The native mouse of the Peruvian coastal desert, near latitude 6°S, can survive on dry seed without drinking water, it bears young in winter, and it burrows in sand. House mice (which abound in other adjoining deserts) also tolerate dehydration, and in some areas may displace the native mice.