4. Mice measure around 6 to 8 inches from nose-tip to tail tip,
and weigh approximately 15 to 25g (less than 1 oz).
5. Mice do not see in colour.
6. They do not like broad daylight.
7. They forage only short distances from their nest, usually no
more than 10 to 30 feet.
8. Mice explore their territory daily, showing no dislike to new
9. They are nocturnal creatures.
10. Mice have very sharp hearing.
11. They can hear in the human range as well as in the
12. While communicating with each other, they make ultrasonic
(Sound not audible to humans) as well as regular sounds (audible
13. Mice have a sharp sense of smell.
14. They use a number of pheromones to aid in communication at
15. The urine of a male mouse is considerably different in terms
of chemical composition from that of a female mouse. It has 5
compounds that are absent in the urine of a female mouse.
16. Mice see best in dim light as their eyesight is weak while
their other senses are acute.
17. Mice can hear ultrasound up to 90kHz.
18. Did you know that mice sleep for more than 12 hours a day!
19. Mice eat just about anything and can chew through anything
that is softer than their teeth.
20. A mouse can jump down 12 feet without hurting itself.
21. Mice are neat freaks and organize their cages (in case of
domesticated and / or pet mice) into different sections for
eating, sleeping, and defecating.
22. Mice are scared of rats as rats are known to prey upon mice.
23. However, mice and rats are often seen to live together in
24. Mice are very intelligent creatures and are known to solve
puzzles and can find their way around a maze.
25. Mice can jump up to 18 inches in the air.
26. Mice can climb and swim with great efficiency.
27. In Ancient Greece, the God Apollo was sometimes called
Apollo Smintheus, which means Apollo the Mouse. To honour him,
white mice were kept in Apollo's temples under the altar.
28. The Hindu God Ganesha rides a mouse.
29. In Egypt a cooked mouse was used to cure a variety of
ailments including stomach-aches.
30. Ancient Jewish folklore forbid the eating of any
mouse-chewed food because it could cause forgetfulness or a sore
31. The Roman writer Pliny recommended mouse ashes mixed with
honey to cure earaches.
32. Some ancient stories give credit to mice or rats with
punishing evil people.
33. Even today, some people believe that fried mice or mouse pie
is a cure for bed wetting.
34. Mice have been domesticated for hundreds of years.
35. The National Mouse Club of Britain was formed in 1895.
36. Every year, rodents cause more than one billion dollars’
worth of damage in the US alone.
37. Some mice may play dead if they are frightened and cannot
make a quick escape.
38. Mice can squeeze through about a 6mm gap or a gap that is no
smaller than its skull.
39. Mice whiskers are used to sense smooth and rough surfaces,
temperature changes and breezes.
40. Mice prefer to travel adjacent to walls and other edges.
41. The average mouse eats 3-4g per day, preferring cereal
grains and seeds.
42. Mice may make 20 to 30 visits to different food sites each
night taking as little as 0.15g at each site.
43. Mice produce 7 – 8 litters of 4 – 16 pups per year.
44. They begin breeding at two months of age.
45. Mice use urine as markers to determine where they have been.
46. Mice can produce up to 80 droppings a day which are
scattered everywhere rather than one place.
47. Definition: A mouse (plural mice) is a small mammal
belonging to the order of rodents typically resembling miniature
rats having pointed snouts and small ears on elongated bodies
with slender usually hairless tails.
48. Mice belong to the super-family Muroidea which includes
hamsters, gerbils and rats.
49. The lifespan of mice ranges from 1 year in the wild to 1 to
2 and sometimes 5 years in captivity.
50. Their tails have scales that help with climbing.
51. Mice travel along the same route repeatedly leaving a smudge
mark - a build-up of dirt and oil from their fur along walls,
pipes and holes.
52. Did you know that new-born mouse pups are blind at birth?
53. Pups also have no fur on their body’s.
54. Mice can transmit a disease called salmonellosis which is a
bacterial food poisoning when food is contaminated with infected
55. House mice will breed throughout the year.
56. House mice can become pregnant within 48 hours of producing
57. House mice can run up almost any vertical surface including
wood, brick, sheet metal, cables and pipes.
58. Baby mice are called pups.
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.