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Field Mice Appearance
The Field Mouse is a cousin to the rat with the two sharing certain features. For example, the colouring of these rodents is similar with them being blacks, browns and whites, although mice are commonly more white or grey than others. Field Mice do not share the big front teeth that rats have and mice’s claws are much smaller. A fully grown Field Mouse will measure between 65 and 90 millimetres in length including the tail. The tail is typically as long as the body and is totally hairless. They have very small, sharp claws attached to its short legs.

The Field Mouse is a small rodent, found in long rolling plains or living in old houses and any place inbetween. They are low in the food chain but these little creatures breed at an alarming rate. They aren't particularly aggressive and rely on their size, speed, agility and inventiveness to survive.

Field Mice Abilities
Unlike rats, or most other animals, the field mouse is strangely intelligent. It has been proven by scientists that field mice will, if given enough time, will think of a strategy before doing something. A field mouse is also remarkably fast for its very small size. It can move its little legs very fast and travel at a speed of almost ten strides per hour. My last interesting ability of the field mouse is its sense of smell. Not being extremely brilliant but far better than a human’s sense of smell.

Field Mice Territory
Field Mice are found in many places that have a moderate temperature. There are unusual groups of field mice in cities with many more living out in open fields or forests.

Field Mice Habitat and Behaviour
Field Mice are foragers and will eat anything they think they can. They sometimes dig through homes because of the scent of food and stay there for shelter inside walls, under floors and other hidden places. Field mice have the largest list of natural enemies of any known creature. They are eaten by snakes, cats, dogs, hawks, owls, bears, wolves, one breed of rabbit, and almost any other creature it gets too close to.
Field Mice assess conditions before doing anything and if they judge it to be too risky, or impossible, they will not do it. They are often seen to be cowardly but are more cautious and not willing to risk their lives. They intentionally look out for themselves and their family. Mice are regrettably prone to carry disease but not usually plagues, but viruses all the same.

Field Mice Territory
Field Mice are found in many places that have a moderate temperature. There are unusual groups of field mice in cities with many more living out in open fields or forests.

Field Mice Habitat and Behaviour
Field Mice are foragers and will eat anything they think they can. They sometimes dig through homes because of the scent of food and stay there for shelter inside walls, under floors and other hidden places. Field mice have the largest list of natural enemies of any known creature. They are eaten by snakes, cats, dogs, hawks, owls, bears, wolves, one breed of rabbit, and almost any other creature it gets too close to.
Field Mice assess conditions before doing anything and if they judge it to be too risky, or impossible, they will not do it. They are often seen to be cowardly but are more cautious and not willing to risk their lives. They intentionally look out for themselves and their family. Mice are regrettably prone to carry disease but not usually plagues, but viruses all the same.
In defence from predators, like owls or snakes, mice blend in with their surroundings via their small, solid colour coat, making them appear much like a rock of sorts. They also dart under bushes and shrubbery to avoid being spotted by the likes of birds and will often run into small spaces to help avoid being caught if chased.

Field Mouse Diet
The Field Mouse's diet is quite simple as it eats whatever it finds. Whether it is a slice of cheese, or an old tomato to rubbish that has been thrown out. They are not fussy.

Field Mouse Mating
Mice mate very often and it is said that within a pair of mice the female is pregnant at least once a month. During pregnancy the male will bring additional food and take further risks for its mate. After around two weeks of pregnancy the female will give birth to around three to five baby mice, with all of them being blind, deaf and bald. Almost as soon as they are born, their hair starts growing although very slowly. After about three days they're able to hear and about one week later their eyes open. A mouse is fully grown within three weeks and leaves the nest with instincts on how to survive.

A mouse can be annoying where mice can be a bigger problem! Getting rid of mice can be done in many ways such as the use of traps that kill or catch and poisons. Controlling mice in and around your home must be taken seriously as they can introduce illnesses to your family as well as transfer fleas to pets.

  • Mice will normally sleep for over 12 hours a day.
  • Mice eat, or at least chew anything that is softer than their teeth.
  • Mice are very neat as they will sleep, eat and excrete in different places.
  • Mice do not like rats as rats are known to prey on mice however in the wild they do live together.
  • Mice can jump straight up to about 18 inches and are also very good climbers and swimmers.
  • A male mouse is called a buck.
  • A female mouse is called a doe.
  • The offspring of mice are called pups or kitten.
  • A group of mice are called a family, horde or a nest.
  • A wild mouse will live no longer than 1 year.
  • A pet mouse may live for between 2 and 3 years.
  • A mouse’s tail is almost as long as its body.
  • Mice do not see in colour.
  • Mice are nocturnal creatures.
  • Mice can and will chew through anything softer than their teeth.
  • Mice cause more than 1 billion dollars’ worth of damage in the US alone each year.

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