Friday, April 21

zapus hudsonius preblei?

Today's open question: Is, in fact, the rodent seen below, nervously sharing a canning jar on my living room floor...

...with the dry noodles I placed as bait in the live trap...

...actually a (threatened!) Preble's meadow jumping mouse like the one pictured in the below (public domain!) US Fish & Wildlife Service photo?

Seeing them side by side, I'm sort of inclined to think that my mouse (now freely roaming a brush pile several hundred yards from here) is actually a deer mouse of some sort. The ears seem larger, the underbelly whiter, and the variation in color on the back less pronounced. Still, I'm not sure. Further research may be in order.

Incidentally, did you know that deer mice sing?