"Three blind mice, three blind mice...." the rhyme goes, but these are not only animals in stories or songs, they are very real. They can actually become a pest for people and they are trapped and killed many times.
A mouse is a rodent and family of the rat. There are more than 30 species of mice and they have a pointed face and a long tail.
Rats and mice differ in certain ways from one another. You can read more about it here.
Adult mice will have adult proportions: a small, triangular head with a small nose and little delicate feet as compared to the body. In addition, mouse ears are very large relative to their heads, rat ears are smaller relative to their heads. Rats also have thicker tails than mice.
Mice are nocturnal which means they are more active during the night. They cannot see very well, but they can smell excellent, so that makes up for their poor sight.
Mice are herbivores and will eat cheese and fruits and seeds. They have many predators that hunt them like cats, dogs, owls and snakes.
Mice live in the fields and forest but some do live in and around houses and many people will keep a mouse as a pet.
A mouse's tail will grow as long as its body and it uses their whiskers to feel along the ground and to sense a change in the temperature.
A mouse builds its house with different tunnels. They are very neat and they will have separate areas where they feed, sleep and use the toilet.
A mouse eats a lot - they can eat up to 15-20 times a day. They will build their house close to a food source so that they do not have to travel very far to get to the food.
In countries like Malawi and Zambia people eat mice. Would you do that?
Mice have many predators, so the chances that they live more than 6 months is not good. As a pet they will live about 2 years.
In 1928, Walt Disney's Micky Mouse was the first mouse character to be used in children cartoons and animation. Mouse characters have remained popular since with other such as Speedy Gonzales, Jerry from Tom and Jerry, and Stuart Little.