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Lobdell's Rodents Are Probably Mice

Lobdell's Rodents Are Probably Mice

Our house (Pika) has two rats (pets) and an undetermined number of mice (wild). It is quite trivial to differentiate them on sight.

Mice are usually 3 inches or less in body length and have ears almost one-third the size of their head. Rats can be 4-8 (or more) inches in body length, and they have longer, sharper noses, smaller ears, and thicker tails than mice do. For both animals, the tail length is roughly the same as the body length.

I doubt there are rats in the Student Center. Wild mice and rats rarely coexist in the same space because food supplies are finite, and both species will reproduce as much as possible. Also, the amount of small hiding space favors the mice.

The ideal place for mouse-watching in the Student Center is not Lobdell Court, but rather the lounges where people often leave food out. If you stay still, they will come quite close.

Dianne E. Egnor '97