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scientific Name Zapus Hudsonius preblei Common name Meadow jumping mouse Kingdom Animalia Phylum Chordata Subphylum Vertebrata Class Mammalia Order Rodentia Family Zapodidae Genus Zapus Species Zapus Hudsonius Size The meadow jumping mouse has a total length of 71 inches to 93 inches The tail is 43 inches to 55 inches long Weight The meadow jumping mouse weighs 042 to 053 ounces in the spring or early summer and 099 ounces prior to hibernation Habitat Meadow jumping mice inhabit moist areas thick grassy fields dense weeds and grasses along streams ponds marshes and damp grassy areas by woods The meadow jumping mouse is also found in damp meadows across the continent Its range includes northern hardwood forests in the east and coniferous forests in the north and west of North America They are found as south as Alabama and as north as Alaska During the summer they build spherical nests of woven grass about 100 mm in diameter These are usually placed under a log a board a root or a clump of vegetation The winter hibernation nest made of grass and leaves is usually located in a burrow about 30-90 cm below the ground Life Cycle Pregnancy takes close to three weeks and the young are born helpless and are weaned at 4 weeks in the nests made of fallen rotted logs and grass clumps Females may breed three times during the spring to late summer breeding season and two months after birth Males if born early in the season may breed the same year Gestation the period of development in the uterus from conception until birth or pregnancy lasts 17 to 21 days Meadow jumping mice live 1 to 2 years in the wild and up to 5 years in captivity Meadow jumping mice are born into litters of 2 to 8 Females give birth to 2 or 3 litters per season The newborns weigh about 08 grams and are naked
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