Mice have facial expressions which communicate their mood to others.
All about the Mouse
- Mice are intelligent creatures with complex levels of communication, which is both vocal, often beyond the auditory range of humans, and odorous.
- It is thought that mice empathise with other mice. They are able to sense the experience of other individuals and this deeply affects how they themselves feel.
- Mice have facial expressions which communicate their mood to others.
- Mice are keen explorers. They find inventive ways of feeing satisfying their curiosity to investigate such as squeezing through tight gaps and biting through obstacles with their strong teeth.
- Mice are incredibly clean, tidy and organised. Within their intricate underground homes they have specific areas for storing food, going to the toilet, and for shelter.
- Mice like to stay close to their home and usually only venture up to 3-8m away from their nest in search of food.
- Whiskers help mice to sense smooth and rough edges, temperature change and breezes.
- Mice have great balance and can walk along very thin pieces of rope or wire. They can even scale rough vertical surfaces.
- Mice can jump down 3-4m without injuring themselves.
- Type: Mammal (Rodent)
- Diet: Predominantly herbivorous
- Lifespan: Typically 1-2 years
- Size: Body is 8-35 cm including tail
- Weight: Average 30g
- Habitat: Well adapted to various habitats
- Range: Originated in Asia, but now common worldwide
- Scientific name: Mus