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Chaetodipus hispidus

Hispid Pocket Mouse

Order: Rodentia
Family: Heteromyidae

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Conservation Status: Least Concern.

"Hispid" refers to the coarseness of this pocket mouse's fur. Hispid Pocket Mice are larger and more robust than other pocket mice in their range, and like the others, they are solitary except in the breeding season. The gestation period is not known, but females in the northern part of the range may have two litters of 4-7 young a year. In the southern part of the range, mating activity has been seen year-round.

Sexual Dimorphism:

Range: 198-223 mm

Range: 30-47 g


Baird, S.F., 1857 [1858].  Mammals. In Reports of explorations and surveys, to ascertain the most practicable and economical route for a railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, p. 42. Vol. 8, Pt. 1.  Mammals.  Beverly Tucker Printer, Washington, D.C., 8(1):1-757.


Mammal Species of the World

Mammalian Species, American Society of Mammalogists' species account

Distribution of Chaetodipus hispidus