Cozumel Harvest Mouse

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The Cozumel Harvest Mouse (Reithrodontomys spectabilis) is a species of small rodent (adult weight around 20 grams) in the family Cricetidae and is endemic to Cozumel.   It is semi-arboreal and lives in dense secondary forest and forest edge habitats.   Its population is small, fluctuating, and patchily distributed.   The species is threatened by predation from feral cats and dogs and introduced boa constrictors, by competition with introduced non-native rats and mice, and by habitat disturbances caused by hurricanes and floods.  The rodent is now critically endangered.

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