Barbary Striped Grass Mouse

(Lemniscomys barbarus)


Barbary Striped Grass Mouse IUCN LEAST CONCERN (LC)


Facts about this animal

Barbary striped grass mice reach a head-body length of 8-12 cm. The tail is as long, or slightly longer than head and body. The body-weight ranges from 30-40 g. The fur is longitudinally striped.


Males reach sexual maturity at an age of 10 weeks, females sometimes several months later. Possibly reproduction is correlated with season and ambient temperature, as many females do not give birth during the Europoean winter. After a pregancy of 21 days about 5 young are born, which are blind and hairless at birth.

Did you know?
That Barbary striped grass mice may reach an age of 3 to 4.5 years in human care, while in the wild their life expectancy hardly exceeds 6 months?


Name (Scientific) Lemniscomys barbarus
Name (English) Barbary Striped Grass Mouse
Name (French) Rat rayé de barbarie
Name (German) Streifen-Grasmaus
Name (Spanish) Ratón listado
CITES Status Not listed
CMS Status Not listed



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Richard Bartz



Range North Africa: Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia
Habitat Dry bush and grass savannahs and semi-desert
Wild population Unknown, but stable (Red List IUCN 2011)
Zoo population 306 reported to ISIS (2006) but this species is also a popular pet animal

In the Zoo

Barbary Striped Grass Mouse


How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 81 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.


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Eva Kröcher

Why do zoos keep this animal

The Barbary striped grass mouse, also called “zebra mouse”, is the most frequently kept of the about 11 Lemniscomys species. Zoos keep zebra mice primarily for educational reasons, as a particularly attractive representative of the mouse family. Being small,diurnal, social and very active animals, zebra mice appeal particularly to children, and are an ideal species for awakening a positive attitude towards animals and nature.