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MICE

Scientific Name: Rodentia

Gestation Period: 25-40 days at a time

Reproductive Seasons: Year-Round. 10 litters of 5-6 young.

Territorial Radius: All Regions

Risks:  Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), Rat Bite Fever, Leptospirosis, Bordetellosis, Encephalomyocarditis, Pseudorabies, Salmonellosis, Swine dysentery, Swine erysipelas, Toxoplasmosis, Trichinosis

RATS

​Scientific Name: Rattus

Gestation Period: 21 days (Brown) 21-24 days (polynesian rat)

Reproductive Seasons: Year Round, but Spring is the most active. 6 litters of up to 12 young per year.

Territorial Radius: All Regions

Risks: Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), Rat Bite Fever, Leptospirosis, Bordetellosis, Encephalomyocarditis, Pseudorabies, Salmonellosis, Swine dysentery, Swine erysipelas, Toxoplasmosis, Trichinosis

Diet: Will eat nearly anything, but prefer fresh grain or meat

Differences

-A rat's territory can be expansive, while a mouse will focus on one particular location

-Mice are actually afraid of Rats, which pose a lethal threat and can kill mice

​-Physical Characteristics: Rats have a bigger body, but shorter ears