IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

Brief Summary

Read full entry

Description

The striking olive dorsum of the Olive-backed Pocket Mouse is set off by a yellowish stripe on the side and a white underside. This is the only species of pocket mouse east of the Rocky Mountains whose range extends well into Canada. It inhabits grassland, shrub-steppe, and desert scrub habitat. In cold weather, it may retreat to a grass-lined nest in its burrow and become torpid, suspending activity for a period of time until the weather improves. It appears to prefer loose sandy or sandy-loam soils, where it sandbathes to clean its fur and fur-lined cheek pouches. Like other pocket mice, the Olive-backed Pocket Mouse feeds primarily on seeds that can be stuffed into its cheek pouches and transported to the tunnel system.

Links:
Mammal Species of the World
Click here for The American Society of Mammalogists species account

Trusted

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 (CC BY 3.0)

© Smithsonian Institution

Source: Smithsonian's North American Mammals

Belongs to 0 communities

This taxon hasn't been featured in any communities yet.

Learn more about Communities

Disclaimer

EOL content is automatically assembled from many different content providers. As a result, from time to time you may find pages on EOL that are confusing.

To request an improvement, please leave a comment on the page. Thank you!