Meadow jumping mice mostly eat seeds, but also feed on berries, fruit, and Insecta. Grasses may be cut in sections to reach the seeds at the tips. These mice may leave these piles of grass debris scattered on the ground. In the spring, one half of the diet may be made up of animal foods after emergence from hibernation. Especially important are Lepidoptera and Coleoptera. Later, seeds and underground fungi make up a greater part of the diet. Weight generally increases toward the beginning of the fall, especially two weeks before hibernation begins, so that the mice will have enough fat to survive the winter.
Animal Foods: insects
Plant Foods: leaves; seeds, grains, and nuts; fruit
Other Foods: fungus
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