Facts about mice

Facts about mice
  1. Smallest mouse: The smallest mouse species is the African pygmy mouse (Mus minutoides), with adults reaching 30-80 mm in length
  2. Tails: Most mice have tails that are as long as their bodies
  3. Whiskers: Mice use their whiskers to determine which surface they are walking on. In addition, they are used to sense temperature changes
  4. Communication: When mice communicate with each other, they use ultrasound as well as regular sounds. Mice can also use different odors as part of their communication, as well as facial expressions to express their mood
  5. Food at hand: Mice need to settle near food because they prefer to feed 15-20 times per day. Mice tend to move no further than 3 – 8 meters to find food
  6. Pests: In some respects, mice are considered pests because they can spread diseases and damage crops, homes, etc.
  7. Jump, climb and swim: Most mice can jump about 46 cm into the air. They can jump 3-4 meters down without injury. They are also extremely good climbers and excellent swimmers
  8. The name of the mice: The word ‘mouse’ is derived from the 4000-year-old Sanskrit word ‘mūṣaka’, meaning “thief” or “steal”
  9. Fear: When mice get scared, they usually run away. When they get really scared or feel very threatened, they play dead until the danger has passed
  10. Cleanliness: Mice are very clean and organized. In their nest, for example, they have separate areas where they store food, go to the bathroom and sleep. Mice living in a cage organize themselves in the same way
Fact: The house mouse is the most common mouse in the world
Attribution: George Shuklin – Wikipedia.org

Fakta: Den mest almindelige museart er husmusen (Mus musculus), som findes i stort set alle lande, hvor den lever i menneskers huse

More facts about mice

  • Gender maturity: Mice mate throughout the year and are capable of mating from as young as 2 months old
  • Litters: A female mouse can have 5 – 10 litters per year. Each litter consists of 8 – 14 young
  • Baby mice: Newborn baby mice are hairless with closed eyes and ears
  • Balance: Mice have a very well-developed sense of balance and can walk on very thin ropes, wires, etc.
  • Social animals: Mice are highly social animals that thrive best if they live with at least one other mouse
  • Mouse clone: The first time a mouse was cloned was in 1997. It lived for 2 years and 7 months
  • Animal feed: Mice are an important part of the diet of many small predators. Many bird and reptile owners feed mice to their pets
  • Food: Mice have been a human food since prehistoric times. The only places in the world where humans still eat mice as part of their daily diet are in the southern African countries of Zambia and Malawi
  • Lifespan: Mice living in the wild rarely live more than 1 year due to harsh conditions. In protected environments, however, they often live up to 2 or 3 years. The record for longest lifespan is 4 years and 358 days for a genetically modified mouse and 4 years and 90 days for a mouse without genetic modifications. The latter lived in a protected environment but received no special food or medical treatment
Fact: Baby mice are born without hair
Attribution: John Bessa – Wikipedia.org

Newborn baby mice are hairless and have closed eyes and ears