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House Mouse (Mus musculus)

Mice have poor vision, but a keen sense of smell, taste, hearing and touch. They have adapted well to human-centric environments, and often make their nests specifically in range of human dwellings.

Body Shape/Size: Small, slender

Max. Body Wt.: 1 oz.

Nose Shape: Pointed

Ears: Large, covered with some hair.

Eyes: Small

Tail Color: Uniformly dark all over.

Tail Length: Longer than head and body combined.

Droppings: Pointed ends.  Rod-shaped. About 1/4″ in length.

Nests: Usually in or near stored materials. Sometimes makes burrows and can be found in walls.

Foraging Range: Up to 20 ft.

Days to Maturity: 30 – 35 days

Number of Young per Litter: 6 – 7

Number of Litters per year: 8 – 10

Food Habits: Prefers grains, stored dried foods.  Sometimes nibbles dried fruits, etc.

Water Needs: Usually gets the water it needs from the food it consumes.

Climbing Ability: Good climber.

Swimming Ability: Can swim if needed.

Minimal Crawl Through Opening: Capable of squeezing through a space as small as 1/4″ inch in diameter.