|Official Name||House Mouse|
The most common mouse in Aloria is the House Mouse. It inhabits the cities and houses in nearly every single continent in Aloria. There is no known origin for these versatile creatures but their ability to adapt to the environment and reproduce in the scarcest of conditions has caused them to be the subject of much fascination in the scientific community. The effects of diseases and medicines has often been tested on these animals before being used on Ailor. It is for this fact that this animal has not been outright eradicated by the various sentient species that it lives beside.
For as long as Ailor have existed the House Mouse has had a symbiotic relationship with them. There is no one recording of the House Mouse existing, seeing as they have a pest and a pet to Ailor all over the world for as long as history has been recorded. The Elves have written of plagues brought on by the mice that inhabited the homes in the large cities of their empire.
Many scholars believe that the House Mouse is one of the most adaptable species of animal in the world, having survived plagues, wars, and just about anything else Aloria has thrown at them. After any natural disaster some of the first occupants of the wreckages are mice, as they are hunting to find corpses to feed on, or the eggs of the flies that occupy the dead bodies.
House Mice tend to have a body length of three to four inches, and a tail length of two to four inches. They vary wildly in color from light to dark brown, grey, and white. Domesticated House Mice’s colors vary even greater than their undomesticated counterparts, as breeders attempt to widen the selection of available colors for consumers. This species has short hair and some, but not all, have white-colored bellies. The ears of this animal are short, and generally are found sparse of hair, if there is any at all. Their tail is scaly and rough, and no hair is found on it. Their feet and paws are small and tend to have no hair as well. They have the ability to stand on their hind legs and when doing so, it is generally an act of dominance over others in their species.
There tends to be more females than there is males because this species is generally more polyamorous than monogamous. Males tend to have several females that they ‘claim’ and reproduce with during the duration of their lives. There is little difference in size between the males and females of the species. The only way to tell a male from a female is during reproduction.
Life Span and Development
House Mice can be monogamous or polygamous. They start their life in litters of three to twelve, and are blind and deaf until two weeks after birth. At three weeks post-birth they are weaned off their mother’s milk and depart to find their own territory or mate. Females are fertile year round and their pregnancy is only twenty days. One female can have up to ten litters a year. If food is scarce it is not uncommon for the males of the pack to eat their offspring. In the wild, the house mouse is often victim to predators, and does not live longer than a year. In captivity they live longer, due to the lack of threats, and die at two to three years of age. It is possible for mice in the wild to live two to three years, but it isn’t common.
The House Mouse is actually a pretty common pet. In urban areas they are so abundant that children often times just pick them up and take them home. This has caused an odd sense of symbiosis between humans and mice of the cities, because Ailor provide protection to these animals that they would not otherwise have and the mice provide a pet for children. There are also several breeders found throughout Aloria that have bred generations of tamed mice and have them available for purchase. Even in captivity though, male mice tend to dominate their territory. It is not uncommon for a home with a pet mouse to eventually have many mice in their home as the mouse escapes and reproduces with females in the area.
Territory and Groupings
House Mice have two distinct patterns of living based on the environmental conditions they can be found in. Mice found in urban areas are known as commensal, meaning they have excessive food stores and high population densities in a small area. These mice can be found in large groups and there is less competition for mates in these communities. Though, male-to-male aggression tends to still be high, they are far less aggressive than their field-dwelling counterparts. In areas like fields and forests the house mouse population is known as non-commensal, these populations tend to be restricted by food or water supply but have a large territory that they claim. Both commensal and non commensal house mice defend their territory fiercely. They live all across Aloria, in the hottest and coldest areas as their species is one of the most adaptable in Aloria.
- House Mice are opportunistic feeders, they can digest nearly anything that they want to eat and, as previously mentioned, will even eat their offspring if food is scarce.