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Facts about mice

  • Mice are intelligent creatures with complex levels of communication, which is both vocal, often beyond the auditory range of humans, and odorous.
  • It is thought that mice empathise with other mice. They are able to sense the experience of other individuals and this deeply affects how they themselves feel.
  • Mice have facial expressions which communicate their mood to others.
  • Mice are keen explorers. They find inventive ways of feeing satisfying their curiosity to investigate such as squeezing through tight gaps and biting through obstacles with their strong teeth.
  • Mice are incredibly clean, tidy and organised. Within their intricate underground homes they have specific areas for storing food, going to the toilet, and for shelter.
  • Mice like to stay close to their home and usually only venture up to 3-8m away from their nest in search of food.
  • Whiskers help mice to sense smooth and rough edges, temperature change and breezes.
  • Mice have great balance and can walk along very thin pieces of rope or wire. They can even scale rough vertical surfaces.
  • Mice can jump down 3-4m without injuring themselves.
  • The mouse is a shamanic symbol of wisdom, scrutiny, discovery and organisation.
  • Mice are used in experiments in the UK. Find out more about OneKind's Let's not turn back the clock on cruelty campaign to ensure welfare standards in the UK are not lowered.

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Quick Facts

  • Type: Mammal (Rodent)
  • Diet: Predominantly herbivorous  
  • Lifespan: Typically 1-2 years
  • Size: Body is 8-35 cm including tail
  • Weight: Average 30g
  • Habitat: Well adapted to various habitats
  • Range: Originated in Asia, but now common worldwide
  • Scientific name: Mus
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