What are Rodents?

A gnawing mammal of an order that includes rats, mice, squirrels, hamsters, porcupines, and their relatives, distinguished by strong constantly growing incisors and no canine teeth. They constitute the largest order of mammals.

Quick Facts

  • Most rodents are small animals with robust bodies, short limbs and long tails. They use their sharp incisors to gnaw food, excavate burrows and defend themselves.
  • The distinguishing feature of the rodents is their single pair of continuously growing, razor-sharp incisors.
  • Rodents generally have well-developed senses of smell, hearing and vision. Nocturnal species often have enlarged eyes and some are sensitive to ultraviolet light.
  • Some rodent species are serious agricultural pests, eating large quantities of food stored by humans.

House Mouse

  • Known to reproduce very quickly
  • Often leave footprints. Four-toed front feet and five-toed hind-feet footprints.
  • House Mice prefer seeds and nuts.

Deer Mouse

  • Deer Mice are primarily herbivorous.
  • 7-10 cm long in body length.