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Australian Wildlife

  House Mouse (Mus musculus)





House Mouse | Mus musculus photo
House Mouse - close up. Photographed indoors in a fish tank.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.



HOUSE MOUSE FACTS

Description
The common House Mouse is brown above and pale grey or white underneath.

Size
Head and body length 6cm -10cm. Tail 7cm - 10cm

Habitat
Anywhere where suitable food is found. Cities, wheatlands. Also found in deserts and semi-arid areas.

Food
Seeds, cereal crops. Also scavenges for food scraps.

Breeding
Can breed from 8 weeks of age. Litter size is 4-8. Pregnancy lasts about 19 days. Populations can reach very high densities and plagues have been recorded in wheatlands and even desert areas.

Range
World wide. Occurs in all areas of Australia from cities to farmlands to deserts.



Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Muridae
Genus:Mus
Species:musculus
Common Name:House Mouse