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Peromyscus levipes

Nimble-footed Deermouse

Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae


Conservation Status: Least Concern.

Probably all deermice can be described as nimble; this species may have earned the name because of the speed and agility with which it can scamper up and down tree trunks and across branches. It spends most of its time on the ground, but is a good climber. Like all deermice, it is nocturnal. Items in its diet include beetles, crickets, ants, caterpillars, and spiders, and to a lesser extent, seeds and other plant matter. It also gnaws into acorns and eats the nuts, leaving the shells near burrow entrances. Nimble-footed Deermice breed all year round, producing litters of 2 or 3. They often build nests in burrows, but some are above the ground in tree hollows.

Range: Head and Body: 93-108 mm; Tail: 91-114 mm

Range: 18-28 g


Merriam, C.H., 1898. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 12:123.


Mammal Species of the World

Distribution of Peromyscus levipes