Facts About Mice
A common site that you may not wish to see in your house is a mouse. Belonging to the rodent family, this animal is considered to have originated in Asia centuries ago and thereafter spread all over Europe. North America obtained its share of this rodent from a mouse that entered the continent as stowaways on a ship from Europe.
The rodent’s name hails from the Sanskrit language with the word "mus" signifying a thief. While a male mouse is called a buck, the female is referred to as a doe. These animals are extremely high breeders producing 6 to 10 litters annually. The babies are called pinkies or kittens.
One activity that this rodent is often associated with is constant eating. Although fond of hard bread in particular, mice end up eating anything and everything. No wonder they create such a nuisance once they gain entry into the house! Mice contaminate food and transmit pathogens and diseases such as salmonellosis, rickettsial pox, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, leptospirosis, ratbite fever, tularemia, dermatitis and Hantavirus to mankind.
The tail of a mouse is as long as its body and is at times used for self defense. The rodent has the potential to shed off the tip of its tail when caught from the organ. These are nocturnal animals and see best in faint light. They are also unable to see red. While some believe that fried mice or mouse pie is the best treatment for bed wetting, a cooked mouse is used as a cure for many forms of illness such as stomachache in Egypt. No matter how chaotic this animal may seem to you but there are many who keep this rodent as a pet in their houses. The fancy mice, spiny mice and zebra mice top the charts in this list. The animal is also worshipped in some parts of the world such as India. The animal has also aided mankind in scientific progression by serving as a mode of dissection and experimentation.
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