hopping mouse

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hopping mouse:

see mousemouse,
name applied to numerous species of small rodents, often having soft gray or brown fur, long hairless tails, and large ears. The chief distinction between these animals and the variety of rodents called rats is in size: mice are usually smaller.
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Dressed in a pale blue shirt and navy shorts, he was also introduced to other native animals, including an echidna, spinifex hopping mice, and feathertail gliders - which he also tried to grab as they whizzed past him.
Theories (from hopping mice to kangaroos) abound but the footprints have never been conclusively explained.