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Southern Grasshopper Mouse (Onychomys torridus)
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Southern Grasshopper Mouse (Onychomys torridus)

Southern Grasshopper Mice (Onychomys torridus) are medium-sized mice with medium-sized ears, reddish fur, a white belly, and a short tail. The tip of the tail is white. The head and body length is about 3 inches, and the tail length is about 2 inches. Grasshopper Mice are voracious predators.

This species lives at lower elevations in the deserts around Las Vegas. They occur in the Lower Sonoran (Creosote-Bursage Flats) and Upper Sonoran (Mojave Desert Scrub and Pinyon-Juniper Woodland) Life Zones. Look for them anywhere -- but don't expect to see one because they are secretive and only come out a night. They bark, so you might hear them while camping in the desert.

Around Las Vegas area, this is the only species of grasshopper mouse.

Southern Grasshopper Mouse (Onychomys torridus)
Note the reddish color on the back and white belly
Southern Grasshopper Mouse (Onychomys torridus)
The tip of the tail is white
Southern Grasshopper Mouse (Onychomys torridus)
Sadly, this mouse doesn't look very happy
Southern Grasshopper Mouse (Onychomys torridus)
Sleepy mouse

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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