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Set B5 - British Wild Life - card information

32. The House Mouse
(Mus musculus)

32. The House Mouse

The house mouse is indeed well-known to us all. Of Asiatic origin it early linked its fortunes with those of mankind and journeyed along the trade routes, to attain practically world wide distribution. The pretty white and fancy mice often kept as pets are of this species, but normally the house mouse is of plain grey hue. Its musty smell is an unpleasant characteristic, yet however we wage war against it, aided by the cat, it continues to flourish and there are few houses without a mouse or two, raiding the store cupboards and making themselves at home.