Spinifex Hopping Mouse (Notomys alexis)
The Spinifex hopping mouse is an arid lands mouse well known for its long hind legs and tuft of hair at the end of its long tail. These features allow the mice to move quickly in bounding and zig-zag like motions which helps them escape predators. They are nocturnal and shelter from the heat of the day in small burrows. They have big black eyes, light brown fur with a grey to white underbelly and a throat pouch. It is thought that secretions from the skin on the neck may be important for social interactions. Hopping Mice diets should preferably consist of a variety of foods including fruits, vegetables, seeds and some small invertebrates. A weekly feeding schedule should include small parrot mix, dog biscuits, various chopped fruit and vegetables including apple, peas, sweet corn, melon, pear etc (but not citrus fruits), plus some livefoods, such as mealworms or crickets etc. Clean, fresh water should always be available. Allow approximately 1 tablespoon of seed and 1 tablespoon of fruit and vegetables provided on a per animal per day rotational basis.