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Meadow Jumping Mouse Zapus hudsonius


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Meadow Jumping Mouse
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Family: Dipodidae, Jumping Mice view all from this family

Description Yellowish mouse with a bicolored tail that lacks a white tip. Four cheek teeth. Yellow fur is less grizzled than in the Western Jumping Mouse, with a more distinctly bicolored tail and no white fringe on the ear. Slightly smaller than other Zapus.

Dimensions 180-235mm, 100-135mm, 12-30g

Endangered Status The Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse, a subspecies of the Meadow Jumping Mouse, is on the U.S. Endangered Species List. It is classified as threatened in Colorado and Wyoming. The decline in this subspecies' numbers can be primarily attributed to the loss and modification of its habitat by agricultural, residential, commercial and industrial development.

Habitat Meadows & fields, Forests & woodlands, Scrub, shrub & brushlands

Range Plains, Great Lakes, New England, Mid-Atlantic, Rocky Mountains, Southeast, Eastern Canada, Alaska

Discussion Primarily nocturnal, and escapes by making short leaps; shorter than those of the Woodland Jumping Mouse. Colorado and Wyoming subspecies (Z. h. preblei) is threatened. Found in grassy or weedy fields and occasionally along the edge of woods.