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.
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.