Mouse

Mouse
Temporal range: ate Miocene – Recent
Apodemus sylvaticus bosmuis.jpg
House mouse, Mus musculus
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Superfamily:Muroidea
Family:Muridae
Subfamily:Murinae
Genus:Mus
Linnaeus, 1758

A mouse (plural mice) is a rodent, which is a kind of mammal. It has a pointed snout, small rounded ears, a body-length scaly tail and a high breeding rate. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse (Mus musculus). It is also a popular pet. In some places, certain kinds of field mice are also common. They are known to invade homes for food and occasionally shelter.

These small animals are often used in science experiments, or sometimes kept as pets.[1] Some mice carry diseases. This causes some people to think of mice as vermin or pests.[2][3] Many other people think mice are cute and fun animals. Mice are rodents, therefore they are related to squirrels, rats, and beavers. Mice eat weeds, seeds, berries, and more. They are eaten by owls, foxes, and cats, amongst others.

Types of mice

The word "mouse" should only be used for small murines, but does get used for other distantly-related small rodents. The murines are the largest subfamily of mammals. In fact, it is larger than almost all mammal orders.

House mouse

The common house mouse is thought of as a pest. They are found in the homes of humans.

Vole

Voles are not mice, they are in a different family of rodents.

Deer mouse

These are not mice either, or only distantly related. These mice live in forests. They can run and jump better than mice, and they get their common name from this.

The aggressive grasshopper mouse rarely eats other mice, but it does like grasshoppers and insects. It is also only a distant relative.

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Muis
Alemannisch: Mäuse
አማርኛ: ትንሽ አይጥ
Ænglisc: Mūs
العربية: فأر
ܐܪܡܝܐ: ܥܘܩܒܪܐ
armãneashti: Șoaricu
অসমীয়া: নিগনি
asturianu: Mur
Atikamekw: Apikocic
Aymar aru: Achaku
azərbaycanca: Ev siçanı (cins)
Bân-lâm-gú: Mus
български: Домашни мишки
བོད་ཡིག: ཙི་ཙི།
bosanski: Miš
català: Ratolí
Cebuano: Ilaga
čeština: Myš
chiShona: Mbeva
Cymraeg: Llygoden
Deutsch: Mäuse
Diné bizaad: Naʼastsʼǫǫsí
eesti: Hiir
Ελληνικά: Ποντικός
English: Mus (genus)
эрзянь: Чеерь
español: Mus (animal)
Esperanto: Muso (besto)
euskara: Mus (generoa)
فارسی: موش
føroyskt: Mús
français: Mus (genre)
Gaeilge: Luch
Gaelg: Lugh
Gàidhlig: Luch
한국어: 생쥐속
हिन्दी: मूषक
hornjoserbsce: Myše
hrvatski: Miševi
Ido: Muso
ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ/inuktitut: ᐊᕕᙵᖅ
íslenska: Mús
italiano: Mus (zoologia)
עברית: עכבר
ಕನ್ನಡ: ಇಲಿ
қазақша: Тышқандар
Kiswahili: Kipanya
Kongo: Ditutu
Ladino: Raton
Latina: Mus (genus)
latviešu: Peles
lietuvių: Naminės pelės
lingála: Mpóko
magyar: Mus
मराठी: उंदीर
مازِرونی: گل
Bahasa Melayu: Mencit
Nāhuatl: Quimichin
Nederlands: Mus (geslacht)
Nordfriisk: Echt müsen
norsk nynorsk: Slekta Mus
occitan: Mus (genre)
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Sichqonlar
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਚੂਹਾ
پنجابی: چوآ
polski: Mysz
português: Mus
română: Șoarece
Runa Simi: Ukucha
русиньскый: Мышь
русский: Домовые мыши
саха тыла: Кутуйах
Scots: Moose
Sesotho sa Leboa: Legotlo
shqip: Miu
sicilianu: Surci
slovenčina: Mus (rod)
slovenščina: Miš
کوردی: مشک
српски / srpski: Миш
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Miš
Basa Sunda: Beurit
suomi: Kotihiiret
svenska: Möss
Tagalog: Bubuwit
தமிழ்: சுண்டெலி
తెలుగు: చిట్టెలుక
тоҷикӣ: Муш
Tsetsêhestâhese: Hóhkeehe
Türkçe: Fare
українська: Миша
اردو: چوہا
Tiếng Việt: Chuột nhắt
Võro: Hiir
West-Vlams: Muus
Winaray: Mus (genus)
Wolof: Jinax
吴语: 小鼠
ייִדיש: מויז
粵語: 鼠屬
žemaitėška: Pelie
中文: 小鼠属
Lingua Franca Nova: Mus