IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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The San Diego Pocket Mouse occurs in desert and coastal habitats in southern California, Mexico, and northern Baja California, from sea level to at least 1,400 m. Yellowish or orange hair on its sides contrasts with a dark brown back, and its ears are relatively small. It excavates rather elaborate burrow systems, with one or two chambers for sleeping, and the rest for storing seeds. Owls, snakes, and some other mammals prey on San Diego Pocket Mice when they leave their burrows at night to forage. They have been known to live 5-6 years in captivity, but their life span in the wild is much shorter.

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