Feeding ecology and diet

These animals can be nocturnal or diurnal and exhibit a wide range of foraging behavior and food preferences. Some species feed only on nuts and berries, while other species have been known to gnaw on just about anything. They often forage or

When threatened, the Egyptian spiny mouse (Acomys cahirinus) expands its bristles to appear larger. (Photo by E. R. Degginger/Photo Researchers, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)
A golden spiny mouse (Acomys russatus) forages among leaf litter. (Photo by Tom McHugh/Photo Researchers, Inc. Reproduced by per-
The plains mouse (Pseudomys australis) is endemic to Australia. (Photo by Tom McHugh/Photo Researchers, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)

hunt in packs, and certain species are known to be able to catch birds. Aquatic species hunt fish.

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