SOUTHERN BOG LEMMING

INTRODUCTION 

The Southern bog lemming (Synaptomys cooperi) in an overall uncommon species in BCR 14 but can be common where it occurs. It prefers an herbaceous ground cover in a variety of forest types at lower elevations. It is listed as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in one or more states in BCR 14.

HABITAT NEEDS 

This animal primarily uses deciduous or mixed forest situations or sphagnum or black spruce bogs. It needs moist soils with a deep thick leaf mold or loose duff with enough seedling or shrub density to provide some cover.

Its home range seems to be as much as 1 acre but usually is less.

HABITAT MANAGEMENT PRACTICES 

Maintain the thick leaf mold or duff conditions it needs. This implies maintaining deciduous or mixed forest types in a relatively mature state.

When assessing properties for habitat potential, look for moist soils that will grow deciduous or mixed forest types. Some of the soils to look for include Belgrade, Berkshire or Agawam among many others.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION