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This mouse moves around on all fours unless it needs speed and then it rears up on its back legs and bounds.

Description: The Spinifex Hopping-mouse has a light brown coat with a grey-white belly. It has large ears and a long, brush-tipped tail that is 13–15 cm long.

Diet: The Spinifex Hopping-mouse is an omnivore and eats seeds, roots, shoots and invertebrates.

In the wild: They avoid the heat of the desert by sleeping in deep burrows during the day. At dusk, they come out to feed. Spinifex Hopping-mice will usually move around on all fours, however, they will hop around on their strong hindlegs to move fast.

Threats: Habitat destruction is a threat to the survival of the Spinifex Hopping-mouse.

Did you Know?

Spinifex Hopping-mice live in small family groups of up to 10 individuals in deep, humid burrow systems.

Precinct
Nocturnal House
Other Name/s
Dargawarra
Scientific Name
Notomys alexis
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Body Length
9.5–11.2 cm
Weight
27–45 g
Class
Mammal
Gestation
32 days
Number of Young
3–4
Distribution
Central and Western Australia
Habitat
Arid regions
Region
Australia
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