Photo Credit: Clemson University

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Reithrodontomys humulis

STATUS: Poorly known. Once common in old fields containing dense stands of weeds and grasses, but may be declining in Alabama. MODERATE CONSERVATION CONCERN.

FEEDING HABITS: Seeds comprise most of diet, but insects and green vegetation also eaten. 

LIFE HISTORY AND ECOLOGY: Breed throughout the year, with a gestation period of 21-22 days, and litter of two to three.