Mouse

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Mouse
Biological hierarchy
ClassMamilia
OrderRodentia
FamilyMuridae
GenusMus

Mice (singular: mouse) are small rodents of the genus Mus, belonging to the family Muridae. They live in many situations on most of the planet's continents.

The mouse is a popular children's character, embodying many properties associated with the young: small size, mischief, vulnerability, and innocence. In many ways it is seen as the friendly cousin of the rat, despite the two often overlapping in their habits, and the rat making a more socializable pet.

Like most rodents, mice are rapid breeders and can build up a population very quickly if allowed to breed, which causes problems in places where they are not welcome, such as farms or houses. However, unlike with rabbits, it rarely comes into their popular characterization.

Varieties of mice[edit]

The word "mouse" most often refers to the field mouse, a small, brown, wild species.

Mice that are seen indoors are usually the house mouse, a different species that often causes trouble for the houses it lives in by damaging property and leaving droppings.

Mice are also common animals for laboratory testing. The stereotypical lab mouse is depicted as having white fur.

Mice in fiction[edit]

Micro, a fictional mouse character in Extinctioners.
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