Photo courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Oryzomys palustris

STATUS: Common and found statewide. Lowest Conservation Concern.

HABITAT: Found in wet meadows and dense vegetation near marshes, swamps, streams, ponds, and ditches. 

FEEDING HABITS: Diet includes seeds and green plants, but insects, snails, and other animal materials are consumed. 

LIFE HISTORY AND ECOLOGY: Probably breeds throughout the year. Gestation is 21-28 days, with an average litter size of four to five. Sexual maturity is reached at six to eight weeks.