Northern hopping mouse
|Northern hopping mouse|
The northern hopping mouse, souris sauteuse, or ratones saltadores de Australia (Notomys aquilo) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found only in coastal northern Australia, from Arnhem Land to the Cobourg Peninsula.
This mouse weighs 25 to 30 grams and is brown above and white below. Its long tail measures 150% of its body length and it has long hind feet up to 4 centimeters long.
This species lives in sandy soils on heathlands and grasslands. It is nocturnal. It consumes seeds and sometimes other plant material and invertebrates. The mouse hops, leaving bipedal tracks. Several individuals live communally in burrows.
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