Instead they are rodent-like creatures that mostly live in the Northern Hemisphere. Do Lemmings Commit Suicide? Lemmings do exist, but they are nothing like the ones on the game "Lemmings". A lemming is a small rodent, usually found in or near the Arctic in tundra biomes.Lemmings make up the subfamily Arvicolinae (also known as Microtinae) together with voles and muskrats, which form part of the superfamily Muroidea, which also includes rats, mice, hamsters, and gerbils.In popular culture, a longstanding myth holds that they commit mass suicide. Habitat of the Lemming. Lemmings live in quite specific habitats, and most species live only in Arctic tundra. This ecosystem is a harsh place, and to survive, lemmings must learn a few tricks. They live in tunnels beneath the snow, and create complex tunnel systems with their neighbors. "It's a complete urban legend," said state wildlife biologist Thomas McDonough. "I think it blew out of proportion based on a Disney documentary in the '50s, and that brought it to the mainstream." A lemmings colony uses the same routes from nests to feeding spots, until their living areas are comprised of an intricate network of trails a few inches below the snow or land.
Lemmings live in colonies and dig burrows in the snow.
The lemmings earn the top spot on the myth list because the misconceptions about these critters are both legendary and long-standing, starting back in the 1530s when a geographer proposed that they fell from the skies during storms. 1. They are also sometimes found in the Taiga, which is an extremely cold northern zone of coniferous forests where temperatures can drop to 50 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. Lemmings are found in or near the Arctic tundra, which includes northern Canada, Alaska, Europe and Asia. L emmings do not commit mass suicide. Contrary to popular belief, lemmings do not commit suicide by jumping into the water. It's a myth, but it's remarkable how many people believe it.