Water mouse

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Wa´ter mouse`

1.(Zool.) Any one of several species of mice belonging to the genus Hydromys, native of Australia and Tasmania. Their hind legs are strong and their toes partially webbed. They live on the borders of streams, and swim well. They are remarkable as being the only rodents found in Australia.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The focus of this resource is to discover what Queensland Museum scientists know about the threats to the survival of the water mouse and to investigate ways of saving it from extinction.
predators of the water mouse; its food sources; the effects of acid-sulphate soils and spraying with methoprene ; adaptations of mangroves etc.
Species facing extinction include the whooping crane, the recently re-discovered ivory-billed woodpecker, and the Torrey pine in the United States, as well as lesser-known species like the Ruo River screeching frog and the Ethiopian water mouse. Nearly half are amphibians and almost one-quarter are birds.