Family: Dipodidae, Jumping Mice view all from this family
Description Brightly contrasting colors on back with a brownish (not white) border to the ears. Pelage tricolored, back dark brown, sides yellowish orange, and belly whitish. Distinct area of buff hair forms a lateral line. Fall pelage paler and less contrasting. Tail sparsely haired.
Dimensions 210-250mm, 110-155mm, 20-30g
Habitat Forests & woodlands, Meadows & fields, Swamps, marshes & bogs, Lakes, ponds, rivers & streams, Scrub, shrub & brushlands
Range California, Northwest, Western Canada
Discussion Their erratic and evasive locomotion has led to their description as nervous or high-strung. Feeds mainly on grass seeds, and leaves characteristic piles of stem cuttings. Found in wet meadow habitats of the Pacific Northwest.