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Florida Mouse Podomys floridanus


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Family: Muridae, Mice and Rats view all from this family

Description Large mouse; brownish above, and white below, with orange lateral areas separating the two. Larger than other Peromyscus in range, with bigger ears and feet. Has orange color on cheeks, shoulders, and sides. Has a distinctive skunklike odor.

Dimensions 178-220mm, 80-101mm, 27-47g

Breeding They reproduce year-round with litters of 1-5 weighing 2-3g each after a gestation period of about 23 days.

Habitat Forests & woodlands, Scrub, shrub & brushlands

Range Florida

Discussion Known to frequent burrows of gopher tortoises, where they build side tunnels off the main burrow. The diet includes acorns and other plants such as paw-paw, plus insects. Uses sandy uplands with prickly pear cactus and longleaf pines.