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 White-footed Mouse
 Peromyscus leucopus

Habitat: White-footed mice range widely in eastern North America in habitats ranging from deciduous forest to brushy fields. In Colorado white-footed mice are associated with rank, weedy vegetation, especially cottonwood riparian habitat, or even stands of the exotic phreatophyte, tamarisk. They also occur in rocky canyon country in the Raton Section of southeastern Colorado along the boundary with New Mexico and Oklahoma.

Diet: White-footed mice feed on a variety of plant and animal foods. Insects are often the most common item in stomach samples, followed by seeds of a variety of plants, and together these constitute over 60 percent of the diet.

Description: The white-footed mouse closely resembles the deer mouse but is larger and has a less distinctly bicolored tail. The tail is usually longer than that of the deer mouse, generally exceeding 65 mm in length. The color is pale gray-brown to buffy with white underparts and feet. Most individuals are grayer in overall color than deer mice of similar size. The white hairs of the belly are gray at their bases. Measurements are: total length 150-200 mm; length of tail 60-100 mm; length of hindfoot 19-24 mm, length of ear 13-16 mm; weight 20-36 g.

Range in Colorado: The white-footed mouse is known to occur only in the southeastern part of the state, throughout the lower Arkansas drainage, where it is common in suitable habitat.


Status: This species is not listed.


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