| Hot, dry, sandy uplands in central and coastal Florida are habitats for prickly pear cactus, pocket gophers, gopher tortoises, and the Florida Deermouse. Gopher tortoises dig long, deep burrows that provide homes for Florida Deermice and as many as 360 other vertebrates and invertebrates. Florida Deermice dig side burrows off the main burrow, line them with shredded vegetation, and use them as nursery nests. Females have 1-5 young, which are nursed almost nonstop for about two weeks. The young are weaned by about four weeks, and soon go off to establish home ranges of their own. Florida Deermice feed at night, on plant materials and insects. Because of habitat modification by humans, gopher tortoises and Florida Deermice are seriously threatened.
Also known as:
Gopher Mouse, Florida Mouse
Chapman, F.M., 1889. Preliminary descriptions of two apparently new species of the genus Hesperomys from Florida. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 2:117.
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