Fun Facts about Mice

The name mouse comes from “mus”, a Sanskrit word that actually means thief. Did you know that mice will stay on a table because they are afraid to jump off high vertical drops? Mice can make their own vitamin C. Mice actually enjoy eating hard bread. Mice will nurse babies that are not their own. Baby mice curl up when they are being carried. People would worship mice in temples. Greeks and Indians thought mice were lightning bolts. Japanese bred white mice 300 years ago. There are people who have actually bred blue mice! Mice don’t have roots on their incisors. There are over 1,100 species of mice who are the family Muridae from the Old World family.

Mice in active breeding colonies thrive on the higher fat content and protein in this high energy diet which helps to increase production and keep mice active and somewhat amusing. In ancient stories it was thought that mice punished evil people. A baby mouse is called a pinky or kitten. There are some people who believe that fried mice or mouse pie is a cure for bed wetting! Yuck! A female mouse is called a “doe.” That is strange? A male mouse of course is called a buck! Mice have tails that are as long as their bodies. There are mice that have no hair! The word mouse comes from the Sanskrit word meaning “thief”.

The famous Mickey Mouse was born in 1928. The average mouse lives around 1-2 years. A full grown mouse weighs in at ½ to 1 ounce. In ancient Greece the God Apollo was sometimes called Apollo Smintheus which is Apollo the Mouse. White mice were kept in his temples under the altar to honour him. There were ancient cultures that had a lot of respect for mice. In Egypt a cooked mouse was used to cure a variety of ills and sicknesses including stomach aches. You should never pick a mouse up by its tail. It is true that mice will eat constantly and aren’t picky about what they eat! The first mice arrived in North America as stowaways on ships from Europe.

Unfortunately, mice are known as pests. The most common species is the house mouse. They can harm crops and spread diseases. They are social animals and prefer to be in a large group. They tend to nibble many foods and thus contaminate larger amounts of food in the process making it garbage.