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Common Name: House Mouse




Scientific Name:
Mus musculus  

Usually found in close association with humans. Wild populations live in fields and occasionally in wooded areas near human habitations.

Omnivorous—the house mouse is opportunistic, feeding on all types of organic material that it encounters.

Interesting Facts:
This Old World rodent is the common pest found living in houses, barns, and other human habitations. It arrived in the New World as a stowaway on board ship and has lived successfully around people for centuries.

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