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 Meadow Jumping Mouse (Zapus hudsonius)




Meadow Jumping Mouse | Zapus hudsonius photo
Meadow Jumping Mouse

Photograph by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. License: Public Domain.  (view image details)

MEADOW JUMPING MOUSE FACTS

Description
Meadow Jumping Mice have long tails and long hind feet. Adults have a dark or olive brown band on the back, which is paler in juveniles. The sides are pale yellow-brown and the underside is white or buff-white. The tail is longer than th body, and is dark brown on top and yellow-white on the bottom. The Meadow Jumping Mouse has small front legs, small narrow head and short pointed nose.

Size
Total length: 18cm - 24cm. Tail: 10cm - 16cm. Weight: 12g to 30g.

Environment
Grassy fields, dense cover around streams, ponds and marshes.

Food
Seeds, berries, fruit, and insects

Breeding
A litter of 2 - 9 young (usually 5 - 6) is born after a gestation period of about 18 days. The young are born naked and blind, and are weaned after 28 - 33 days.

Range
throughout northern North America from arctic Alaska and Canada to Arizona and New Mexico in the south.

Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Dipodidae
Genus:Zapus
Species:hudsonius
Common Name:Meadow Jumping Mouse


Relatives in same Genus
  Western Jumping Mouse (Z. princeps)