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  Mitchell's Hopping Mouse (Notomys mitchelli)





Mitchell's Hopping Mouse | Notomys mitchelli photo
This is one of the Notomys species. Not sure if it is Mitchell's Hopping Mouse. Let me know if you can confirm.

Image by Stephen Barnett - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



MAMMAL FACTS

Description
Mitchell's Hopping Mouse is a small grey-brown mouse, with whitish underparts. The tail is brown with tuft at end.

Size
Head and body 12cm. Tail 15cm.

Habitat
Lives in mallee areas. Nocturnal, living in deep burrows during the day, often a metre below surface..

Food
seed, leaves, insects. Sometimes eats roots when food is scarce..

Breeding
Litter is 3-5 with gestation of about 40 days. The young are weaned after about 35 days.

Range
southern parts of South Australia and north-west parts of Victoria, with a few populations in southern parts of Western Australia.



Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Muridae
Genus:Notomys
Species:mitchelli
Common Name:Mitchell's Hopping Mouse