According to Live Science, there are over 30 known unique species of mice. Mice are found all over the world. The well-known common species of mouse comes in numerous different varieties.Continue Reading
Live Science says that mice come in different sizes according to their species. They can be as small as 1 inch in length or as large as 7 inches in length. The smallest known mouse species is the African pygmy mouse; adults of this species range from 1.2 to 3.1 inches. According to the University of Georgia, mice are found in every country, and most species occur naturally in woods and forests along with the common or Norway rats.
Live Science describes the main varieties of the common mouse as domestic mice, fancy mice, zebra mice and spiny mice, all of which are raised in captivity as pets, as breeders or as show mice. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals states that fancy mice come in a number of colors and coat types, ranging from curly to satin. This type of mouse is the most common variety of pet mouse, and they can grow to be twice the size of an albino or white domestic mouse.Learn more about Rodents
The scent of peppermint helps deter mice. Having a fresh peppermint plant in the house or placing cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil near areas where mice enter the home helps keep the rodents away.Full Answer >
All rodents, but especially mice, are allergic to oil of peppermint. Mice actually avoid any property where they can even just smell peppermint in the air.Full Answer >
Rats eat nearly everything, including mice. The act of rats killing and eating mice is called muricide. This is a stereotyped behavior among rats. Muricide occurs due to hunger and environmental conditions, but mouse-killing is also affected by neurotransmitter signals in a rat's brain.Full Answer >
Rats have thicker tails, larger heads and smaller ears than mice. Mice tend to weigh roughly 3.5 ounces, while rats weigh, on average, at least a pound. Rats also live roughly half a year longer than mice and have larger feces. The feces of a mouse are about the size of a rice grain. Rat droppings are the size of a raisin.Full Answer >