| Woodland Jumping Mice can make spectacular leaps of up to 4 m. They have large feet constructed from long foot and toe bones, and very long ankles, all of which help give them leverage when they push off. These adaptations are typical of leaping mammals, whether they are Woodland Jumping Mice hopping over the forest floor, kangaroos making speed in open terrain, or tarsiers leaping from tree to tree in a tropical forest. Unlike Meadow Jumping Mice, Woodland Jumping Mice are almost never found in open areas. These small, long-tailed Mice include fungi, butterfly larvae, beetles, and seeds in their diet, and hibernate about half the year.
Miller, G.S., Jr., 1891. Description of a new jumping mouse from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, p. 742. The American Naturalist, 25:742-743.
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