Jumping Mouse

January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
Reference Entry
Jumping Mouse, or Kangaroo Mouse, a small North American rodent. The jumping mouse is not a true mouse and is not related to the kangaroo rat. The body of an adult jumping mouse is about three inches (7.6 cm) long, the tapering tail about five inches (12.7 cm). Most species are yellowish above, with a dark band extending down the back. The underparts are whitish. Jumping mice have very short front legs. Their long hind legs and large hind feet enable them to leap more than six feet (1.8 m) when alarmed; their long tails enable them to keep their balance.


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