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Common Name: Woodland Jumping Moose




Scientific Name:
Napaeozapus insignis  

Woodlands, especially bordering lakes and streams.

Omnivorous with a preference for seeds. They also eat insects, including caterpillars. This species may be an important predator of gypsy moth larvae.

Interesting Facts:
A long tail and powerful hind legs provide this Pennsylvania native with the ability to jump six to eight feet when avoiding a predator. Its closest relative is the meadow jumping mouse and both are true hibernators.

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