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What kind of foods the animal eats
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
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The fastest recorded speed of the animal
How long the animal lives for
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
|Black, Brown, Grey|
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The preferred food of this animal
The specific area where the animal lives
|Open fields and woodland areas|
|Average Litter Size:|
The average number of babies born at once
The food that the animal gains energy from
|Fruit, Seeds, Grasses|
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
|Bird, Cat, Fox, Reptiles|
Characteristics unique to this animal
|Large eyes and ears and long thin tail|
The mouse is a small rodent that is spread widely throughout nearly every country. The mouse is found in all corners of the globe, including parts of Antarctica.
Many people today like to keep the mouse as pets because of the small size and quiet temperament of the mouse. The mouse is also used a lot in scientific research although the mouse is not an easy animal to examine.
The mouse is often easy prey around the world for small mammals, birds and reptiles. Due to this the mouse generally does not live for much longer than a few months in the wild, mainly because the mouse is small easy prey for many mammals and birds. The mouse though has been known to get up to a few years old when kept as a pet.
Mice can be harmful pests at times, through damaging and eating crops and spreading diseases through their parasites and faeces. It is because of the pest problems caused by mice, that domestic cats are thought to have been introduced into common households.
The gestation period in female mice is less than a month, and the female mouse has an average litter size of about six baby mice, although the mouse litter size is commonly higher than six. The baby mice are known as pups and these mice pups are born with no hair and with their eyes and ears closed. Mouse babies are weaned when they are around three weeks old.
Mouse Foot Facts
- Mice have soft feet with nails on each of their toes that enables the mouse to climb well as they can wrap their feet around things.
- Mice have five toes on their two back feet and four toes on their two front feet which gives mice more stability when standing on their back feet.
- Mice use their two front feet to grip onto food such as seeds and berries, so that the mice can eat their food with ease.
- The mouse has very small and flexible feet but it can easily get its feet stuck in areas that are too small, like if the bars on a mouse cage are too close together.
- Like hamsters, the foot structure of mice enables them to run backwards into their burrows when wanting to escape from predators.
Mouse Teeth Facts
- An adult mouse has 16 teeth which it uses for holding onto and chewing its food.
- Mice have one upper pair and one lower pair of incisors at the front of their mouths which mice use to grip onto and bite their food.
- Mice have between two and five cheek teeth which mice use for gnawing, but when mice use their cheek teeth the incisors at the front of their mouths stop moving.
- The incisors at the front of the mouth of mice grow continuously to keep them sharp and strong, and mice must gnaw them down regularly to stop them front getting too long.
- Mice tend to eat food that is hard so they can gnaw their teeth whilst eating meaning that although mice will eat cheese if they come across it, the myth about mice loving cheese is not entirely true.
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First Published: 10th November 2008, Last Updated: 7th November 2019
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