Mice and rats

House Mouse

The silent seeker

The house mouse is a rodent that lives in groups with a dominant male and several females. It reaches sexual maturity quickly and can have up to 10 litters per year. They are often kept as pets or used in experiments.
They live in a variety of habitats, including houses, barns and warehouses, close to people.

Characteristics

Order:
Rodentia

Family:
Muridae

Scientific name:
Mus musculus

Habitat:
Shrubland, grassland, wetlands

Origin:
Asia

Current trend:
Stable

Number of individuals in the world:
Unknown

Lifetime:
1-2 years

*Source iucnredlist.org

Brown Rat

Dweller of the underground

The brown rat is a rodent with a body length of up to 25 cm, and is considered one of the largest mouse-like rodents. The brown rat has coarse brown or dark gray fur. They are active at night, good swimmers, but poor climbers. In social situations, rats display complex patterns of behavior, including play, ultrasonic advertising.

Characteristics

Order:
Rodentia

Family:
Muridae

Scientific name:
Rattus norvegicus

Habitat:
Artificial/Terrestrial

Origin:
China

Current trend:
Stable

Number of individuals in the world:
Unknown

Lifetime:
1-3 years

*Source iucnredlist.org

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