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Mice Vs Rats


There are over 1500 rodent species in the world, many you would recognize like hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, squirrels, beavers, chinchillas and the two species that pop in your mind when saying “rodent”, mice and rats.  They have made a huge impact on society and have many similarities.  Both have long tails, beady black eyes, long whiskers and ever-growing incisors.  They both make their homes in man-made structures, but they are very different animals. 

Size Difference

A full-grown mouse will be between 12 to 20 cm.  A full-grown rat is around 40 cm.  A full-grown adult mouse and a baby rat can look very similar when they are scurrying around in the kitchen or pantry! 

Weight Difference

Rats are much bigger than mice.  They eat more, therefor they weight more.  A normal rat will weight around 8 ounces where as a typical mouse will weigh only about .7 ounces. 

Diet Difference  Pest Control Service Carefree Arizona

Mice and rats are both omnivores, meaning they eat plants and animals.  They enjoy different food items.  Rats eat more, and since they are larger, they can get into larger items.  They will eat anything, but like items such as meat, pet foods, fish and cheeses.  Mice prefer grains, fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts.  They will eat meat, even the meat from dead mice.  When a mouse is starving, it may even eat its own tail. 

Tail Difference

Both have long tails.  A mouse tail can look longer than a rats, but when compared to the length of their bodies, a rat tail is longer.  A rat tail measures between 8 and 25 cm, where as a mouse tail measures roughly 5 to 10 cm. Pest Control Service Carefree Arizona


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