SPECIES

Common Mouse Species

Although mice are not as widespread as rats in the United Kingdom, the most common species that you can find here is the House Mouse.

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House Mouse

(Mus domesticus)

House mice are active all year round, which means you could find them invading your home or business at any time.

house mouse

Appearance

  • Size: 70 – 95mm in length, with a tail around the same length.
  • Weight: 12 – 30g.
  • Their relatively small feet & head and large eyes & ears distinguish them from a young brown rat (Rattus norvegicus).

Lifecycle

  • 4 – 16 young per litter; 7 – 8 litters a year.
  • The gestation period of about three weeks.
  • 8 – 12 weeks from birth to sexual maturity.

Habits

  • Usually ground living and burrowing, but often climbs.
  • The preferred food is cereals.
  • Will eat around 3g of food a day and can survive without any additional water. They will drink up to 3ml a day if their diet is dehydrated.