The House Mouse
The house mouse (Mus musculus) aka the Field Mouse is a small mammal of the order Rodentia. Their large rounded ears, pointed snout, and long hairless tail characteristics makes them easy to identify.
Characteristics of a House Mouse:
The adult body length of a house mouse from nose to tail averages 3-4 inches and the tail length of 2-4 inches. Their weight is typically 40-45 grams. Their colors vary from grey to black with brown undertones, while their underbelly will be lighter grey to light brown. Their ears and tails have little hair.
House Mouse Behavior:
When it comes to the social behavior of the house mouse, they are extremely flexible and can adapt to the conditions of the environment that surrounds them. Their adaptability allows the house mouse to inhabit a variety of different locations such as; attics, homes, apartments, warehouses, deserts, and forests.
The house mouse has two different forms of social behavior, depending on their surrounding environment. In urban settings, close proximity to humans is known as commensal. Commensal mice populations increase with the abundance of sources of food, shelter, and water. They become less territorial and aggressive, resulting in higher populations in urbanized areas.
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