HISPID POCKET MOUSE

Hispid Pocket Mouse
Photo by Bob Gress

 

Hispid Pocket Mouse
Chaetodipus hispidus

Measurements:
Total Length: 7.6-9.5 inches
Tail Length: 3 - 4.6 inches
Weight: 1.4 - 2.1 ounces

  • Comments:   Hispid pocket mice have external cheek pouches for storing food and are the largest pocket mice in Kansas. They gather food at night and spend the day in shallow, underground burrows. Their bristly fur is brownish gray on top and white below with a broad yellow-orange band in between. Females produce at least two litters per year with 5-6 young per litter. They can live up to 3 years in the wild.
  • Distribution:   Hispid pocket mice range from central Mexico through the central United States. They are often found in the sand prairies of the western two thirds of Kansas.
  • Food:   Hispid pocket mice feed on seeds, tender green plants and occasionally insects.

Other Kansas Rodents

AMERICAN BEAVER ORD'S KANGAROO RAT 13-LINED GROUND SQUIRREL
WOODCHUCK EASTERN GRAY SQUIRREL SOUTHERN FLYING SQUIRREL
PRAIRIE VOLE EASTERN FOX SQUIRREL BLACK-TAILED PRAIRIE DOG
DEER MOUSE PLAINS POCKET GOPHER NORTHERN GRASSHOPPER MOUSE
EASTERN WOODRAT HISPID COTTON RAT WESTERN HARVEST MOUSE
COMMON MUSKRAT EASTERN CHIPMUNK NORTH AMERICAN PORCUPINE

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