northern whitefooted mouse (Peromyscus leucopus noveboracensis)
Note: There is no current picture of this subspecies of Peromyscus
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Not confirmed.
CHARACTERISTICS: This is a medium sized mouse with a sparsely
haired tail that is less than half the total length. It has a total length of 170-
186 mm, and a weight of 16-28 grams. The upperparts of the species are
a pale brown with a yellow wash on the flanks; its belly and feet are white.
This subspecies is distinguished from Peromyscus leucopus leucopus and
Peromyscus leucopus easti by having a yellowish, rather than reddish,
wash on the flanks. They have several litters between March and October
of 4-5 young/litter. They are preyed upon extensively by owls, hawks,
foxes, and weasels. Population density ranges from 4-12 per acre, and it is
known to live 2-3 years in the wild.
DISTRIBUTION: This subspecies is found in most areas of the state
except the southeast quarter. Its preferred habitat are brushy forest
edges but may venture into open grasslands.
FOODS: This species eats seeds and nuts of oaks, maples, and pines, as
well as insects. It is also is known to store seeds and nuts.
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