Mouse

Name

Alabama beach mouse

Scientific Name

Mus

Characteristics

The mouse is a rodent characterised by its small stature and furry body and long tail. There are hundreds of different types of mice that are divided into the subspecies Old World Mice (Murinae) and New World mice (hesperominae).

 

At Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, we have two types of mice: the Alabama beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus ammobates) and the house mouse (mus domesticus).

 

The Alabama beach mouse can be found along the Alabama coast line. Sadly, commercial development and tropical storms have all contributed towards the destruction of this mouse’s habitat, the sand dune. As a result, the Alabama beach mouse is currently listed as endangered on the IUCN Red list.

 

The house mouse originated in Asia but is now widely distributed throughout the world. They usually live in close proximity with humans, often in or near houses and fields. The house mouse has also been domesticated and many people keep them as pets.

 

The mouse population has the potential to expand very quickly as female mice can have up to 10 litters per year!

 

Diet

They eat plant matter, seed, grain, as well as small vertebrates and invertebrates.

Size Fact

Mice rarely exceed 10cm in length

Food Fact

Mice are opportunistic omnivores. 

Fun Fact

Mice tails can grow as long as their bodies.

IUCN Red list

House mouse: least concern

Alabama beach mouse: endangered.

Where do I live?

There are nearly 40 species of mice and they are widely distributed throughout the world.

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