This little guy came right and almost walked right up to me until some dog walkers got to close and it leaped off. Note the white tipped tail.
A Woodland Jumping Mouse at Pinetop.
May have been a meadow jumping mouse, but appeared too orange
spruce/fir northern hardwoods, near wetland. Darker band down back, long tail.
Found one laying on the trail still alive, but very cold. I tried to warm him up and he eventually crawled away. Quite a few of mice were found this week dead on trails.
It was fun to watch this little guy being a mouse. Its hard to tell from this photo but it was the clearest photo I got. I was able to distinctively see his long hind legs and long tail when he moved around the leaf litter.
A rodent that me and my son found along the road dead next to an also dead black rat snake. Its body (not including tail) was about 4.5 inches long.
The Woodland jumping mouse (Napaeozapus insignis) is a species of jumping mouse found in North America. It can hop surprisingly long distances, given its small size. The mouse is an extraordinary part of the rodent family. Its scientific name in Latin is Napaeozapus insignis, meaning glen or wooded dell + big or strong feet + a distinguishing mark. This mammal can jump up to 3 m (9.8 ft) when scared, using its extremely strong feet and long tail.