Mouse Fact Sheet

Common Name:

Mouse

Scientific Name:

Mus

Wild Status:

Least Concern

Habitat:

Forests, Grasslands, & Manmade Structures

Country:

Originated in Asia - now worldwide

Shelter:

Burrows

Life Span:

2-3 years

Size:

2-4 inches

Cool Facts:

  • A mouse can jump down 12ft without hurting itself.
  • A group of mice is called a mischief.
  • The mouse is responsible for so many human vaccinations, and is a huge research icon.
  • Mice are the smallest mammals to ever be domesticated.
  • Females can have up to 15 litters a year and will average 5-15 babies a litter. That’s up to 225 babies a year!
  • They have ever growing teeth and need to chew on things so they don’t become overgrown.

Details:

The common mouse is a small rodent found all across the globe. Their tails and round ears have no fur, and their body fur can be in a variety of colors - white, black, grey, and/or brown & red, possibly with spots. Mice are generally nocturnal so they are most active at night, and are scavenging omnivores that tend to eat insects, seeds, and plants. Some general predators for mice are birds of prey (hawks, owls, etc) snakes, and mammals like foxes and cats. Laboratory mice are bred and often used for scientific research, and have led to great advancements in genetics, medicine, psychology, and more!  

Taxonomic Breakdown:

Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Rodentia > Super Family: Muroidea> Family: Muridae Subfamily: Murinae> Genus: Mus > Species: Mus musculus

Conservation & Helping:

Mice are of least concern on the endangered species list, and are actually an invasive species now found on every inhabitable continent!

For Teachers and Educators

Mouse-Fact-Sheet-1.pdf

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