Spiny Pocket Mouse

Chaetodipus spinatus

All species in the genus Chaetodipus genus are known for their long stiff hairs along their backs and rumps. The Spiny Pocket Mouse displays this trait more than any of its cousins. There is almost a porcupine look to this species. These are creatures of the desert, and in San Diego County, these animals are found in Anza-Borrego. They are especially fond of steep rocky slopes.

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