MOUSE

A mouse is a small animal with soft fur, a pointed snout, rounded ears, and a thin tail. Many gnawing animals are called mice. Like small rats, hamsters, gerbils, jerboas, lemmings, voles, harvest mice, deer mice, and grasshopper mice. All mice have chiselike front teeth that grow through out its life these are useful for gnawing. This is an adaptation because they can gnaw through things to make a home or gnaw through boxes or packages to get to food.

There are hundreds of kinds of mice all of these can live just about anywhere. most mice are found in mountains, fields, and woodlands in swamps near streams and in desserts. This is an adaptation because they can make a home anywhere and in any weather so they won't die when the seasons change.

A mouse may make its nest with strips of clothing or upholstery. It may line its nest with cotton stolen from pillows. A mouse eats almost everything that humans eat. It feeds on meat or plant materials it can find. Mice also eat household items such as glue, leather, and soap. Mice always seem to be looking for food even though they only need a very little amount. Outside mice eat any thing they can find. This is an adaptation because if there is no food they can eat anything they find and they only need a little bit of it so they won't starve and die.

House mice avoid their enemies by hiding. A house mouse seldom goes far from its nest it moves along paths protected by furniture, boxes, or other objects. This is an adaptation because if a enemy is chasing it, it is close by its nest so it can run in it and be safe. A house mouse's worst enemies are humans. They set traps and leave poison for the mouse to eat. Mice fall into just about any trap you set for them. They do not like water but they can swim. This is an adaptation because if a enemy is chasing it it can jump into water and get away.

Its body is 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches long with out a tail. It weighs 1/2 to 1 oz. Being so small and and light is an adaptation because if a enemy is chasing it can fit into very small cracks and walk on weak things.

Even if they are not so intelligent there is a good chance of reproducing because the young are born just 21 days after mating. Young mice start breeding at 3 months old. The litter varies from 4 to 6 but sometimes even 10 in a litter. This is an adaptation because humans take 9 months till the baby is born mice only take 21 days and the babies have babies at 3 months so they have a good chance of reproducing.

 

References-

Jones, Clyde, "Mouse," World Book Multimedia Encyclopedia, 1998.

Goodwin, George G., "Mouse," Colliers Encyclopedia, v. 16, 1998.

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