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Hispid Cotton Rat Sigmodon hispidus

 

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Hispid Cotton Rat
credit:  CDC/ James Gathany, 2005

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



Description Pelage is grizzled with blackish or dark brownish hairs interspersed with buff or grayish hairs. Sides are only slightly paler and underparts are pale to dark grayish, sometimes faintly washed with buff. No orange eye or nose ring. Juveniles are covered with short, darker pelage by one week of age. Tail short, scaly, and sparsely haired.


Dimensions 224-365mm, 81-166mm, 110-225g


Similar Species Smaller than the Arizona Cotton Rat, with smaller feet (32-34mm).


Habitat Meadows & fields, Grasslands & prairies


Range Plains, Mid-Atlantic, Rocky Mountains, Southeast, Southwest, Florida, Texas, California


Discussion Uses habitats with grasses especially little bluestem and bushy beardgrass.


 

 

 

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