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Temporal range: Late Miocene - Recent
|House mouse, Mus musculus|
A Mouse (plural mice) is a rodent, which is a kind of mammal. These small animals are often used in science experiments, or sometimes kept as pets. Some mice carry diseases. This causes some people to think of mice as vermin or pests. Many other people think mice are cute and fun animals. Mice are rodents, therefore they are related to squirrels, rats, and beavers. The words rat and mouse are sometimes used to mean the same animal, but that is not correct. Mice eat weeds, seeds, berries, and more. They are eaten by owls, foxes, and cats, amongst others.
Types of mice
The common "House Mouse," is thought of as a pest. They are found in the cars and houses of humans.
These are short-tailed mice. Female (girl) voles may have 17 litters (groups of babies) a year, with 4-9 babies in each litter.
These mice live in forests (which is where they get their name, because they live around deer in the forest).
The aggressive grasshopper mouse sometimes eats other mice.
Mice in media
Chuck E. Cheese is another famous mouse. He is the mascot of Chuck E. Cheese's pizza restaurants.
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