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North American Animals - mamals, birds, reptiles, insects
Meadow Jumping Mouse (Zapus hudsonius)
Meadow Jumping Mouse
Photograph by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. License: Public Domain. (view image details)
MEADOW JUMPING MOUSE FACTSDescription
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.
Total length: 18cm - 24cm. Tail: 10cm - 16cm. Weight: 12g to 30g.
Grassy fields, dense cover around streams, ponds and marshes.
Seeds, berries, fruit, and insects
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.
throughout northern North America from arctic Alaska and Canada to Arizona and New Mexico in the south.
Relatives in same Genus
Western Jumping Mouse (Z. princeps)