The Cotton Mouse (Peromyscus gossypinus) is a species of rodent in the family Cricetidae. It is found in the woodlands of the south-eastern states of the United States. Adults are about 7-8 inches, and have an appearance very similar to the white footed mouse. The cotton mouse is larger in size and has a longer skull and hind-feet. They have a dark brown body and white feet and belly. The name comes from the fact they often use cotton for nest construction, discovered by Le Conte.
Cotton mice are omnivorous, and eat seeds and insects. Breeding may occur throughout the year, and usually occurs in early spring and fall. They may have four litters a year of up to seven young, which are helpless and naked at birth. Cotton mice are weaned from their mother at 20–25 days, and become sexually mature around two months. Average life span is four to five months, with a rare few living to one year. They are preyed upon by owls, snakes, weasels, and bobcats.
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- Musser, G. G. and M. D. Carleton. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. Pp. 894–1531 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.
- Cotton Mouse
- LeConte Cotton Mice
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