Mice are pretty small as far as pets go.
Sometimes even smaller than hamsters. They’re more similar to rats than hamsters though – in fact baby rats and adult mice can be tricky to tell apart at first glance. Also that just goes to show how teeny mice can be!
Not only are mice small – they’re fast! That means they can be tricky to handle so make sure that you are very careful with them when they’re out of their cage. Like many small animals they’re a prey species, so they’ll be keen to stay close to cover at all times.
Mice have lovely long whiskers and tails which are very important to them – they use their tails for balance and gripping things and their whiskers for sensing what’s around them. You should never pick up a mouse by its tail or trim its whiskers!
Mice in the wild can be very hard to spot. They tend to live in woodland, fields, gardens and hedgerows and use their long tails to cling onto twigs and crops.
Mice are famous for their big ears – they are very sensitive to sound so it’s important to keep them away from sudden and high-pitched noises.
If you’ve got pet mice, or are thinking of getting some, the attachment below has lots of great advice, so make sure you have a look!
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