Rats & Mice

Rats and Mice

Rodents (from Latin rodere, “gnawing”) are rodent mammals characterized by a pair of continuously growing incisors in the upper and lower jaws. They are the most diverse of mammals, inhabiting a wide variety of terrestrial habitats, including man-made environments.

Most rodents are small animals with stout bodies, short limbs and long tails. They use their sharp incisors to nibble food, dig burrows, and defend themselves. Most eat seeds and other plants, but some eat a more varied diet. They tend to be social animals, and many species live in societies with complex ways of communicating with each other.Mating in rodents can range from monogamous to polygamous to promiscuous . Many have litters between the ages of 6 and 12 and can do this several times a year.

House mice, and sometimes wedge mice, are found indoors in search of warmth and shelter for nesting sites and food.