Meadow Jumping Mouse

(Zapus hudsonius)

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STATUS: Native, “Least Concern”

DESCRIPTION:It can be 180-240 mm long and weigh 11 to 25 grams. It always has a dorsal stripe, or stripe along its spine. Its sides are usually bright yellow to orange and the underbody is white.

DIET: Seeds, berries, and insects.

HABITAT: They prefer habitat that is high in humidity, though they live in many areas with high herbaceous cover. They avoid woodlands.

NOTES: It is rumored to jump 10-12 feet, though it has only been recorded to jump 3 feet. It can walk without hopping. It is a decent swimmer and excellent digger.

Photo Credit: Eric Osmundson