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The mouse is a small rodent that is found worldwide in almost every type of environment. Mice can live as long as 6 years in captivity. Most mice build nests in protected nooks, but some burrow into the ground. Many mice are nocturnal (most active at night). They are timid, social, and territorial.

Anatomy: Mice range in size from 3 to 14 inches (8 to 35 cm) long (including a long tail). They weigh from 1/4 to 2 ounces (7 to 57 gm). The coat color ranges from white to brown to gray. Most mice have a pointed snout with long whiskers, round ears, and thin tails. Many mice scurry along the ground, but some can hop or jump. The mouse's front teeth continue to grow throughout its life. They must gnaw on hard things to keep wearing the teeth down.

Diet: The mouse is an omnivore; it will eat almost anything. It eats grain, seeds, grasses, fruit, roots, stems, and small animals like worms, grasshoppers (and other insects), arachnids, etc.

Predators: Many animals kill mice, including cats, dogs, hawks, owls, weasels, raccoons, snakes, skunks, and people.

Classification: Phylum Chordata, Class Mammalia, Order Rodentia, Family Muridae

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