House Mouse

Name

House Mouse

Scientific Name

Mus domesticus

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).

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

Mice 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

Mouse tails can grow as long as their bodies.

IUCN Red list

The house mouse is currently listed as Least Concern on the IUCN red list.

Where do I live?

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

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