Stone's southern bog lemming (Synaptomys cooperi
Note: There is no current picture of this subspecies of Synaptomys
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Not confirmed.
CHARACTERISTICS: The size of this species is medium with a total
length from 119-135 mm and a weight of 26-36 grams. The upper incisors
are longitudinally grooved. The upper parts are brownish gray, the belly
grayish, and the tail grayish black. The feet are brownish black and the ears
are nearly concealed. It has duller coloration and is smaller than Synap-
tomys cooperi helaletes. This species breeds throughout the year, but there
are peaks in the spring and fall with usually 3-4 litters of 1-8 young being
produced per year. This species is native. This species is active all year
and at all times of the day. They are gregarious and the home range is
normally less than 1/2 acre. They utilize surface and subsurface tunnels
as well as nests above and below the ground.
DISTRIBUTION: They are found in the western part of the state east to
Campbell County and Arlington. At lower elevations this species is found in
sphagnum bogs, moist meadows, marsh borders, and at higher elevations it
prefers dry field thickets.
FOODS: Its principal food is green, succulent grasses and sedges.
Crooked Run Valley