What Do Wild Mice Eat?

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Wild mice are opportunistic omnivores, which means that they eat any plant life or small insects that they come across. Find out how baby mice, like all mammals, start by eating milk from their mothers with information from a science teacher in this free video on mice.

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After a long winter, spring has broken, and you're out in your garden, cleaning up what nature has left behind. You move a pile of leaves and you see this really small pile, of what looks like squirming pink pencil erasers. It could very well be, that you've stumbled upon a mice nest. I'm Janice Creneti. I've been teaching environmental science for about twenty years, and I'm here to talk to you today, about what do wild mice eat? Well, wild mice actually eat a number of things. They're referred to as opportunistic omnivores. That means they'll eat pretty much anything that they can come across. Most mice however, are primarily herbivores. They're going to eat plants, seeds, they're going to eat shoots, and grass blades. Sometimes they might even dig up your flower bulbs, and take a nibble out of those. Some mice however, will go after insects. They'll also go after beetles and grubs, and things that they can easily find, buried in the dirt. Now, that's when they're adults. Mice are mammals, and what that means, is that when they're first born, like all mammals, they're going to feed from milk, that's produced by their mother. If you stumble upon baby mice, that don't have their eyes open yet, and they don't quite have their fur, they're definitely still nursing from their mother. Now, it's possible actually, to go to the pet store, and buy some cat or dog formula, and use that with an eyedropper, to feed your baby mice, but they need to eat every two hours, so that might be a little bit more, than you're bargaining for. In that case, the best thing to do, is find a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in your area, and give the job over to a professional. I'm Janice Creneti, and this is what do wild mice eat?

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