A pregnant mouse can give birth to six to 12 babies in one litter. A female mouse can become pregnant several times a year. One mouse couple can produce 40 or more babies in one year.
Each baby mouse reaches sexual maturity and begins producing its own offspring within less than a year of being born. With so many baby mice being born and growing up so quickly, the mouse population in one area increases by the thousands every year. Female mice are pregnant for less than a month, which makes mice some of the fastest-breeding animals in the world.Learn More
The teddy bear hamster has a life span of 2 to 3 years, and the dwarf species of hamster has a life span of 1 to 2 years. The teddy bear hamster is the most popular type of pet hamster, also known as the golden hamster.Full Answer >
Although initial signs of pregnancy are difficult to detect, Loving Your Pet explains that pregnant guinea pigs drink more water and grow larger; however, pregnancy cannot be confirmed until the latter stages when her young can be felt through her skin. Guinea pigs prefer to give birth at night, labor lasting between 15 to 40 minutes, says Guinea Lynx. They often eat the afterbirth and placenta, hiding all evidence of a messy delivery.Full Answer >
Rodents eat a wide variety of foods, including nuts, fruits and vegetables. Rats are the only rodents that eat fish and meat, but all rodents like dog and cat food. Human trash is a good source of food for rodents.Full Answer >
The eastern gray squirrel, the type commonly seen in trees, does not hibernate during the winter, but the ground squirrel does hibernate in the winter. Both types of squirrel are common in North America, with the main difference being that the ground squirrel does not make its nests in trees, but creates burrows in the ground.Full Answer >