Mice interesting facts are numerous. A fact that shouldn’t be unexpected considering mice are as prevalent as humans in North America. In this section some of the more interesting points about mice are highlighted.
- Mus musculus includes as many as seven (7) separate species. These include Mus domesticus, western European house mice, and Mus castaneus, southeastern Asian house mice.
- House mice tend to have longer tails and darker fur when living closely with humans.
- Mice can reproduce year round. Some mice have been recorded as have 12 litters in one (1) year!
- Males, while taking on more than one (1) mate during their short lifespan, will often take quite an interest in helping to raise their young.
- Mice have ever growing incisors that must be used in order to prevent overgrowth.
- House mice densities can be as high as ten (10) mice per square mile when they live with humans.
- Have you ever heard of “Dancing" mice? Some people call house mice dancing mice because some mice have been seen doing an interesting two-step. While this may be enjoyable sight to behold, unfortunately for the mouse it is most likely due to a genetic defect that affects the inner ear of the rodent causing it move in circles and zig zags.
- Singing mice is another nickname many have coined for their furry visitors. These folks may have mice that have a pathological condition that causes them sing constantly in a manner likened to that of a cricket.
- Field mice could be referred to as nature’s musicians. This is due to a unique behavior not seen in other mice. They have been seen, quite regularly, drumming on a hollow reed or a dry leaf with their fore paws making a prolonged musical buzzing, the meaning of which hasn’t yet been discovered.
- Mice are so much a partner in human existence that some researchers have noted that they are second in line as the most prevalent mammal in cities; humans are number one, of course.
Love ‘em or hate ‘em mice are so prevalent in our lives that we have made images of them into lovable children’s characters. In fact, the most famous mouse in the world is none other than Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse. A favorite of many children and adults everywhere!
Making their homes alongside ours, mice have managed quite successfully to permeate their way into our ever day existence. From Mickey Mouse cartoons to viral infections, mice run the gamut between friend and foe leading to quite a few mice interesting facts.