Jumping Mouse (Zapus hudsonius)
Jumping Mouse, which includes the “Meadow” jumping mouse and the “Woodland” jumping mouse, can be found statewide in Tennessee, and are well known for jumping great distances. When startled, they can jump repeatedly in 3 – 4 feet leaps as high as 9 feet. Jumping Mice are slightly larger than that of a common House Mouse. Species concern in several states due to low numbers places them on in need of management list.
Meadow Jumping Mouse (Zapus hudsonius)
Woodland Jumping Mouse (Napaeozapus insignis)
- Length: 7″- 9″
- Weight: .5 – .9 ounnces.
- Diet: Omnivorous, eating both plant and animal matter.
- Breeding: Occurs year round.
- Gestation: 18 Days.
- Reproduction: 2 – 9 young born, and 3 litters per year.
- Habitat: Urban areas with the availability of food, water, and shelter.
- Legal Status: Uncommon throughout Tennessee, deemed in need of management by TWRA.
- Other Names: Meadow Jumping Mouse and Woodland Jumping Mouse.
- Interesting Facts: Jumping mice are the only mice known to hibernate in Tennessee. Capable of jumping with quick leaps of 3 – 4 feet.
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