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member of the mammalian order Rodentia, characterized by front teeth adapted for gnawing and cheek teeth adapted for chewing. The Rodentia is by far the largest mammalian order; nearly half of all mammal species are rodents.
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 slightly larger than the common mouse, found in North America and N Asia, also called the kangaroo mouse. Its long hind legs and tail enable it to leap distances up to 12 ft (3.7 m). Jumping mice have gray to brown fur and are white underneath. They can scurry as well as leap and are good swimmers. Solitary, nocturnal animals, they are found in marshes and on stream banks in coniferous and deciduous forests of both coasts of North America and also in fields and pastures. Two genera, Zapus and Napaeozapus, are North American, ranging from the Arctic Circle S to New Mexico and Tennessee; a related genus, with one species, Eozapus setchuanus, the Szechuan jumping mouse, is native to China. Jumping mice feed on a diet of grass seeds, fruit, and insect larvae. They gain weight in autumn and hibernate in fur-lined burrows during winter. Litters, containing from three to six young, are born in late spring. Jumping mice are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Rodentia, family Zapodidae.
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when encountered, the number of western jumping mice at a site was assumed to be three, providing a conservative estimate of diversity at each site.
Exploring her creaky, new home, Coraline meets the neighbours - she is enthralled by fading British musical hall divas Miss Spink (Saunders) and Miss Forcible (French) and 8ft tall Russian giant Mr Bobinsky (McShane) and his jumping mice.
The creaky property also features British music hall divas Miss Spink (Jennifer Saunders) and Miss Forcible (Dawn French), eightfeet tall Russian giant Mr Bobinsky (Ian McShane), a circus of jumping mice, a real gravy train and a chandelier dispensing milkshakes.
A total of 79 small mammals was trapped at Naval Support Activity Crane, Martin County, Indiana, including 23 short-tailed shrews (Blarina brevicauda), 21 least shrews (Cryptotis parva), 11 prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster), 7 southeastern shrews (Sorex longirostris), 5 smoky shrews (Sorex fumeus), 4 meadow jumping mice (Zapus hudsonius), 3 white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus), 2 meadow voles (Microtus pennsylvanicus), 2 pygmy shrews (Sorex hoyi), and 1 bog lemming (Synaptomys cooperi).
Last year Rob Roy Ramey, then-curator of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, published a study in Animal Conservation concluding, based on genetic and morphological comparisons, that the hapless rodent was no different from other, more common jumping mice.