Is a Mouse a Carnivore, a Herbivore or an Omnivore?

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A mouse is an omnivore rather than a carnivore or a herbivore. Mice eat nearly anything they can find including seeds, fruits and oats.

Mice are nocturnal creatures that live in a variety of habitats throughout the world. The small critters have the ability to squeeze through very small spaces and they can thrive in indoor environments, making them a common household pest. Mice are scavengers and will feed on whatever is available, including meat, sugar and nuts. When inhabiting homes, mice will eat any food they have access to and they will stash some in various places for future feedings. Mice also chew on wood, paper and other materials to obtain access to food.

Unlike many animals, mice breed all throughout the year. With the reproduction capabilities of 6 to 10 litters per year, a mice infestation can easily occur. A mouse gives birth to three to 16 babies each time it produces a litter, and they have a life span of around a year.

Mice carry a variety of diseases and parasites so they pose a threat to humans and pets. The easiest way to reduce mice infestations is to remove food sources. Cracks and crevices where mice can enter a home should also be covered.