North Carolina Week: Woodland Jumping Mouse (Napaeozapus insignis)
Hey, little fellow, what are you doing up and about? You should be hibernating with all your friends!
Woodland jumping mice hibernate for six months out of the year—roughly October to May—in burrows that they either dig or borrow from other little mammals. They like to eat fruit and seeds and mushrooms and insects. And lots of things like to eat them, too—bobcats, owls, rattlesnakes, skunks, wolves, etc., etc.!
You’ll notice this one’s extremely large hind legs. That’s to help him jump—woodland jumping mice can jump a meter or more! I suspect the super-long tail helps in this somehow. Maybe Lisa, who requested a woodland jumping mouse, can tell us!