House Mouse

House Mouse

Mus musculus

Identification:

Body length 75 mm; tail length 80 mm; weight 15 g. Usually olive-brown; strong musky-mouldy scent. Small notch on inner side of both large upper incisors.

Habitat and Range:

Everywhere — from swamps to refrigerators and from wallum country to food warmers. Common. Australia-wide. Immigrant from Central Asia. Also North America, Africa, NZ, Pacific islands, West Indies and Mauritius.

Notes:

Nocturnal. Capable of breeding in temperatures from below freezing to 40° C. This is the ‘field mouse’ sometimes said to be encountered in Brisbane. Similar to Common Planigale and Feathertail Glider.

Threats:

Reproduces and expands its range regardless of all threats and in spite of predation at all levels.

Traces:

Musty smell; screeches while fighting; droppings usually pointed (5 mm long by 2 mm wide) and produced in enormous numbers.

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