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Facts about Mice

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Mice are the most commonly utilized animal research model with hundreds of established inbred, outbred, and transgenic strains.

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Additional benefits of mice in laboratory research include the fact that mice are small, inexpensive, and several generations can be observed in a relatively short period of time.

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Mice are now one of the leading rodent pets.

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Narrower definitions variously recognize mice as small, rat-like animals within the Muridae family, or within the Muridae and Cricetidae families, or within these two families and additional rodent families.

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Mice build nests for protection and warmth, though different species have varying preferences: M. minutoides nest in shallow burrows, M. caroli and M. cervicolor burrow, while M. shortridgei and M. pahari nest above ground.

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Mice can be found in forests, savannahs, grasslands, and rocky habitats (Nowak 1999).

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Mice are ideal to sell for consumption by animals of many different sizes, as they breed quickly, grow quickly, are easy to care for, and can be sold in a wide variety of sizes.

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Hoppers have a full coat of hair and are fully mobile, but are smaller than adult mice.

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Discoloration in mice was supposedly first noticed in China by 1100 B.C.E., where a white mouse was discovered.

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Mice are social animals, preferring to live in groups.

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Cats, wild dogs, foxes, birds of prey, snakes, and even certain kinds of insects have been known to prey heavily upon mice.

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Most U.S. pet stores now carry mice for this purpose.

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The Romans differentiated broadly between mice and rats, calling rats Mus Maximus (big mouse) and referring to mice as Mus Minimus (little mouse).

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Mice are characterized by pointed noses, small and rounded ears, and long and thin tails with no or little hair.

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Pinkies are newborn mice that have not yet grown fur.

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Mice generally live on a herbivorous diet, but are actually omnivores, as they will at times eat meat, such as the dead bodies of other mice.

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deer mouse, pocket mouse) are called mice without scientific basis" (italics added).

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Mice specifically bred for pets and feeders are sometimes called fancy mice.

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Common terms used to refer to different ages and sizes of mice are pinkies, fuzzies, hoppers, and adults.

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A very common use of mice is to feed many species of snakes, lizards, and even tarantulas.

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The original motivation for the domestication of cats is thought to have been for their predation of mice and their relatives, the rats.

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On average, mice eat grains, fruits, and seeds for a regular diet, hence their reputation for damaging crops.

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Mice have been known to humans since antiquity.

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The Romans differentiated broadly between mice and rats, calling rats Mus Maximus (big mouse) and referring to mice as Mus Minimus (little mouse).

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Grasshopper mice are an exception to the rule, being the only fully carnivorous mice.

House mice are omnivorous but prefer to consume grains, fruits and seeds. Consequently, they may cause severe damage to crops and domestic gardens. Although it is commonly believed that mice are attracted to cheese, they tend to prefer foods that are higher in carbohydrates.

Actually, they like to eat fruits, seeds and grains. They are omnivorous, which means they eat both plants and meat, and the common house mice will eat just about anything it can find. In fact, if food is scarce, mice will even eat each other.Jun 26, 2014

Mice enter homes through cracks and holes found in walls, floors and foundations. Homeowners commonly do not recognize mouse holes until other signs of infestation appear. Due to their body shape, mice are capable of fitting through holes much smaller than appear likely.

Field Mouse Biting Behaviors. While little field mice aren't known for biting, they may bite when scared or cornered as a way to defend themselves. You may come across common field mice living in your house, barn or cellar. They can reproduce quickly and chew on insulation, wiring and woodwork.