House Mouse

House Mouse

House Mouse
Mus musculus


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Rodentia
FAMILY
Muridae

Range

Now found around the world as a result of introduction by humans


Habitat

Houses, outbuildings, stores; also fields, along water courses, and dense vegetation


Diet

Variety of plant material, seeds, green stems, and leaves

Weight

About 1 oz.

Body Length

2 - 3.5 in.

Gestation

21 days

Young

Avg. 5 - 6

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Not native to North America, but was introduced at seaport towns.
  • Largely nocturnal, moderately active during the day, mostly searching for food.
  • Cannot see beyond two inches in the daylight, but relies on keen sense of smell.
  • Highly prolific breeders; 13 litters can be produced in one year with the litter averaging 6 young.
  • Rodents make up the largest order of mammals.

 

Conservation

This species faces no major threats. It is widespread and common. Can be a pest in some areas.

Least Concern

Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm

Closed only Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day

Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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