and body length of P. floridanus is 179-197 mm of which
79-90 mm is tail length. Adult weights range from 25-49 grams.
Colors range from brown to brownish gray on the upper parts
which fade to orange buff on the shoulders and lower sides.
The underparts are white and there is often a tawny patch on
the breast. The fur is long and soft. P. floridanus has
large dark eyes and the large ears are sparsely haired.
The preferred habitat of P. floridanus is sand pine scrub
at an early successional stage, but is also found in pine oak
and scrubby flatwoods. Burrows are the preferred shelter and
P. floridanus usually uses the abandoned nests of the
diet consists mainly of seeds, acorns, nuts, fungi, other vegetation
and insects and other small invertebrates.
floridanus breeds in the fall and winter with as few as
1 and as many as 6 young, but with average litter sizes of 3-4
P. floridanus is becoming increasing rare due to habitat
loss. It can now be found in the allopatric segments in panhandle
and peninsular Florida, USA.