Although we're not a huge fan of mice, we did learn a lot about them and have a greater appreciation for them after reading the Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock.
- The tail is covered with transverse ridges and is bare save for sparse hairs, except toward the tip.
- Mice use their tails when they climb.
- The hind legs are much longer and stronger than the front legs.
- The hind feet also are much longer and larger than the front feet.
Sophia's notes and images about house mice.
- The whiskers are sensitive.
- There are two long, curved gnawing teeth at the front of each jaw, then a bare space, and then four grinding teeth on each side, above and below, like the teeth of woodchucks and other rodents.
Olivia's page about house mice in her nature journal.
- Young mice are small, downy, pink, and blind when born.
- They like to make their nests within easy reach of water.
- House mice came from ancestors which lived in Asia originally....They came to America on ships with the first exploreres and the Pilgrim fathers.
The penny on each of the nature journal pages represent how small of a space a mouse can get through.