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This small rodent is one of the most common of ‘Mice’. It appears both in the wild, mainly in areas close to humans, as well as having being domesticated as a pet or as a laboratory animal where it is often subject to genetic alterations. The house mouse can be found in almost all ‘highly populated’ areas of the word, excluding some parts of Africa.
The average length of a house mouse is around 10cm, with a further 10cm added on for the length of the tail. They come in a variety of different colours, including white, grey, light brown and black. The exact colour that the house mouse is will depend on the area where it is located.
Mice are nocturnal mammals. This means they generally go out to hunt at night. Many people don’t realise they have mice in their house for this very reason. As they are nocturnal animals they don’t have a need for colour vision. This means that bright lights are very irritating to mice, and thus they avoid ‘brightly lit’ areas.
Mice are incredibly territorial animals. Generally a group will be formed of one dominant male along with a number of females and young mice. Despite this ‘territorial’ nature, mice generally are respecting of other house mouse territories and will not fight to gain control. Two males with each other will often result in hostility though.
The majority of house mice in the wild feed on plants, however, if they come close to a house, they will feed on whatever they can get their paws on. Often mice make their nests next to a reliable food source. The house mouse normally eats their droppings as well, this is because they contain vital bacteria which is produced in their stomachs. Their nests will be made with whatever soft materials they can get.
Mice are prey to a number of other animals, although this isn’t too much of a problem for house mice which don’t venture too far away from human areas. Potential predators include owls, foxes, and cats, although any meat eater will be keen to get hold of a house mouse. From time to time, Rats do hunt down mice, however they merely kill them, they will only partially eat them, and this could indicate that they are killing for ‘territory’ reasons as opposed to food.
The Lifespan of a House Mouse is just under a year when they live in the wild. This is down to the fact that they are prey to so many animals, and that they are unable to survive in particularly harsh environments. If they are protected though, then they have an expected lifespan of around three years.
As mentioned previously, the house mouse always lives around humans. It is one of the most ‘exterminated’ pests. This is because despite their small size, they can cause of a lot of havoc! This includes the ruining of crops, eating of food,