The Spinyfooted Mouse
The Spinyfooted Mouse (plural: Spinyfooted Mice) is a newly discovered species related to the more common house mouse and is a small mammal belonging to the order of rodents. The Spinyfooted Mouse (Peromyscus acanthycus) was discovered and classified by Dr. Leonard Jacoby who currently heads up the Administrative Panel on Lab and Animal Care at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. The Spinyfooted Mouse has thought to have evolved over time mainly due to rapid changes in its natural habitat over the last several hundred years. Commonly referred to as the ghetto mouse, large cities and urban areas have been the only place this species have been found. These mice are living in an environment of harsh chemicals, broken glass, global warming and harsh day to day living conditions, which over time caused them to evolve and able to survive as well as thrive. The physical differences between more commonly seen mice such as the American White-footed Mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) and the deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) is the actual feet of the mice have, over the years grown tiny spines or spikes). Whereas many mammals are forced to extinction when their natural habitats chance, these new species of mice have grown armor as a defense to the rough and tough streets they call their home. Natural predators of mice consist of cats, wild dogs, foxes and birds of prey. In comparison the Spinyfooted Mouses' main predator is humans and the dangerous urban environment they live in.