Photo Credit: Erika Taketa

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Peromyscus gossypinus

STATUS: Common. Found Statewide. Lowest Conservation Concern.

HABITAT: Found in dense underbrush, bottomland hardwood forests, and a variety of other habitats, including old fields, upland forests, hammocks, and swamps. 

FEEDING HABITS: This opportunistic omnivore consumes insects, spiders, slugs, and snails, but also eats seeds and fungi. 

LIFE HISTORY AND ECOLOGY: Breeds year-round, except for summertime. Gestation period lasts for about 23 days, with litter size averaging four.