Mice have bones because they are mammals, which means that they are vertebrates or animals with backbones and skeletal systems. Mice belong to the largest order of mammals, rodentia or rodents, which includes rats, guinea pigs, prairie dogs, squirrels, beavers and porcupines.Know More
Rodents are characterized by incisors, or sharp teeth, on their lower and upper jaws. The incisors of rodents grow continually, and the dentine on the incisors must wear away through gnawing so that the incisors do not grow so long that they pierce the skull. Mice are members of a taxonomic hierarchy of rodents called mouse-like rodents, or myomorpha. This group includes house mice, dormice, pocket mice, jumping mice, rats and pocket gophers. Mouse-like rodents have special jaw and molar structures that give them powerful gnawing capabilities. Mouse-like rodents are further divided into taxonomic groups, of which mice are members of the group called muridae, which also includes rats, lemmings, voles, hamsters and gerbils.
Mice are small mammals with slender bodies, tapered muzzles, noticeable ears, sharp claws and long tails. The smallest species, the pygmy mouse, weighs from one-tenth to one-half of an ounce, while the largest, the flat-haired mouse of India, weighs just over one-half of an ounce. Fur texture varies from short and soft to long and spiny. Colors may be white, gray, brown, reddish brown, black or a combination of these.Learn More
According to a 2008 study, mice squeak to communicate, portray emotion and exhibit reward-seeking behavior. Mice rely strongly on hearing to communicate while away from the nest and gathering food.Full Answer >
Mice turn cannibalistic when they are stressed. This is not normal behavior for mice, though maternal cannibalism of babies is much more common than other forms. When babies are cannibalized, they are usually killed by adults beforehand. Cannibalism of dead adults occurs under conditions of starvation and overcrowding.Full Answer >
Mice are repelled by the smell of cat urine, peppermint and Bounce dryer sheets. Cat urine repels mice because they equate it with death. The peppermint in tea bags, sprays and oils deters mice because of its strong smell. Bounce dryer sheets are the only brand reputed to repel mice.Full Answer >
Mice live in almost every country on Earth, and they typically make their homes in a variety of man-made structures, including farms, mines, houses, warehouses and offices. Wild mice live in a broad variety of outdoor areas, including arable land, pastures, coastal dunes and plains, marshes and forests. The changing of the season can effect habitat, causing outdoor mice attempt to move into indoor areas with more warmth and shelter.Full Answer >