Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52633

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Muridae
Genus:Dicrostonyx
Genus species:Dicrostonyx groenlandicus

Animal Characteristics

Identification:In the summer the coat of the collared lemming is brown and heavy. It's winter coat is white, and the third and fourth front claws grow another prong.
Habitat:Tundra
Diet:Herbivore: green plants, herbs
Reproduction:Breeding in the summer and winter, collared lemmings can have 2-4 litters per year. Gestation lasts 16-28 days, after which the female gives birth to 5-8 young. Lemmings live for one or two years.
Collared lemmings are solitary with males and females keeping separate territories.
Behavior:Despite the cold winters of the Arctic, lemmings do not hibernate. Rather, they burrow deep beneath the snow to escape the cold. Lemmings will sometimes migrate long distances, possibly triggered by overcrowding.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:This is the only rodent that molts to completely white fur in the winter.

Other Information

Geographic:Northern Europe
Northern Asia
Northern North America
Date:1973-07 Subjects:Collared lemming
rodent
Arctic lemming
Dicrostonyx
Lemmings
Muridae
Mice
Rodents
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata