From Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse, Jerry from ‘Tom and Jerry’ to Stuart little…we all have loved mouse from our favorite cartoon characters. These tiny animals are a symbol of wisdom, discovery, organization and scrutiny. Some of the interesting facts about mice are here to blow your mind. Check them out below:
1. Mice can Empathize
It may sound strange, but it has been observed that mice can sense the experiences of others and it affects them too. They can empathize with other mice.
2. Tail grows parallel to its body!
A mouse can grow its tail as long as its body. Along with pointed stout and round ears, a mouse has a hairless tail.
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3. Communicate through facial expression
Mice can strangely express its moods through their various facial expressions. Fascinating!
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4. Well organized habitat!
Mice are known to be organized, tidy and very clean. In their underground homes, they have specific areas for shelter, toilet and storing food. Now that’s impressive!
5. The Useful Whiskers
The cute little whiskers of mice help them sense the rough edges, breeze and temperature change.
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6. Dramatic Animals!
Mice are quite dramatic animals. When they are threatened by something, they play dead until they feel danger has passed.
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7. “Mouse song” to court
Male mouse while courting a mate, sings a special mouse song. They entertain the female with its song. And you thought only humans could be romantic!
8. Talkative rodents
Mice are considered to be one the most talkative creatures. They communicate through ultrasonic and unique mouse sounds.
9. Eats a lot
For a small rodent like the mouse, it is too much eating with 15-20 times a day. For this reason, mice need to be near the food and clean water always.
10. Differenet varities!
There are more than 30 species of mice.
11. Mice can get pregnant within 48 hours of giving birth
Interestingly, mice can get pregnant again within 48 hours of giving birth which is why it is important to have same-sex mice as pets. Also, a female mouse can have babies at 2 months of age.
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12. Great Athletes
Mice can be great athletes as they can jump up to a foot and a half and are also excellent climbers and swimmers.
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13. Their brain is equivalent to human’s
It is found that humans and mice mind and bodies work in quite a similar manner. That is the main reason that mice are being used in lab experiments for the things of human consumption.
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14. Mice Infestations
Mice are real trouble when it comes to “Mice infestations.” Did you know a mouse can squeeze through the 6mm gap and can see best in dim lights? These are the main reason that a mouse comes to your house and never leaves.
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15. Religious Significance of Mouse
The God Apollo of Ancient Greece is sometimes called Apollo Smintheus, which means Apollo the Mouse. To honor him, white mice are kept in Apollo’s temple. Also, the Hindu God, Lord Ganesha has a mouse as a vehicle.
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16. Used as medicine!
In Egypt, a cooked mouse was used to cure a variety of illnesses including that of the stomach.
17. Beware of mice!
These tiny cute rodents can carry a lot of germs than you can think. They can carry as many as 200 human pathogens. SO BEWARE next time mice invade your homes.
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