Kingdom : Animalia
                          Class : Mammalia
                       Family : Cricetidae
        Scientific Name : Lemmus Lemmus

                            Size : 6.3 - 15cm 
                                       (2.5 - 5.9in)
                       Weight : 30 - 112g (1.1 - 4oz)
                 Top Speed : 5km/h (3mph)
                  Life Span : 1 - 3 years

                      Colour : Grey, Brown, White
                 Skin Type : Fur
      Special Features : Thick fur and 
                                      small eyes and ears
  1. Lemmings are very small rodents found in the Arctic Circle.
  2. They are believed to be related to muskrats and voles.
  3. There are around 30 species of lemming found across the Arctic Circle from Alaska to Siberia.
  4. The species differ only in their geographical location and in what they eat.
  5. They have stout, small bodies with short limbs, ears and tails which help them conserve their body heat.
  6. They also have sharp teeth which help them gnaw through the tangled roots.
  7. Lemmings are known to endure the Arctic winters and do not hibernate.
  8. Their thick fur protects them from cold.
  9. They feed on the bulbs and shoots buried beneath the snow.
  10. They need to feed a lot as what they eat is not very nutritious.
  11. Their natural predators are owls, foxes and wolves.
  12. Lemmings live in burrows under the snow to keep them safe from predators and warm.
  13. The smallest species of lemming is the wood lemming measuring around 8cm.
  14. The largest species of Lemming is the Norwegian Lemming.
  15. They are solitary animals which come together only to mate.
  16. The female lemming gives birth to around 7 baby lemmings after a 3-week gestation.
  17. The baby lemmings feed on their mother’s milk till they are big enough to fend for themselves.
  18. The lemmings that live in the wild do not live to be more than two years old because of their size and the harsh climatic conditions.

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