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Zapus hudsonius

Meadow Jumping Mouse

Order: Rodentia
Family: Dipodidae

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Conservation Status: Least Concern.


Meadow Jumping Mice have very long tails and very large feet. They are most common in grassy or weedy fields, where they use runways made by other rodents. If they are frightened, they may creep away through the grass, or make a series of short jumps. They have to put on about six grams of fat in the fall, because they burn about a gram a month in their six months of hibernation. Jumping Mice have litters of 3-6 young after an 18-day gestation period. Most of the Mice born late in the summer are not able to put on enough weight to survive hibernation.

Also known as:
Hudson Bay Jumping Mouse, Kangaroo Mouse

Sexual Dimorphism:
None

Length:
Average: 202 mm
Range: 180-234 mm

Weight:
Range: 12-30 g

References:

Zimmermann, E.A.W., 1780.  Geographische Geschichte des Menschen, und der allgemein verbreiteten vierfüssigen Thiere. Zweiter Band. Enthält ein vollständiges Verzeichniss aller bekannten Quadrupeden,  Weygandschen Buchhandlung, Leipzig, (2nd volume) p. 368.

Links:

Mammal Species of the World

Mammalian Species, American Society of Mammalogists' species account

Distribution of Zapus hudsonius

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