Can Mice Survive in the Wild?

Mice are often portrayed as timid little creatures that hide away and are rarely seen. But just because mice live in underground nests known as burrows, and are much smaller than other more dominant creatures such as lions and tigers, it doesn’t mean they can’t survive in the wild. In fact, mice species have developed many clever survival strategies, so let’s find out more.

  1. 1. Highly Adaptable

Mice survive in the wild because they’re highly adaptable. They can live in a variety of environments including both urban and rural areas and can squeeze into the smallest of spaces which helps to protect them from predators. From fields and meadows to grasslands and residential buildings, mice can be found almost anywhere. 

  1. 2. Excellent Nesters 

Mice are expert nesters and know how to create their own shelter. They often dig burrows underground and can also set up home in hollow trees, grassy areas or under rocks. In towns and cities they can be found nesting in walls, attics and basements. They will use anything that’s shreddable for nest-building. This includes paper, fabric, string, fibreglass insulation, mattress and pillow batting and plant material such as straw.


  1. 3. High Rates of Reproduction 

A good nest allows mice to breed effectively, increasing their numbers and helping their species to survive. A female mouse can have a litter of around 6-7 pups, but it’s not uncommon for her to have up to 12. Mice can also produce 5-10 litters per year. This means 120 mice could potentially be born from a single female within a 12-month period if she had 10 litters of 12 pups. The number of pups born depends on factors such as diet, weather and mouse breed.


  1. 4. Nocturnal 

If you’ve ever read Rachel Bright’s The Lion Inside you’ll know that all animals have value in their own way, including mice. They might not be as strong as a lion, but they’re highly intelligent, coming out at night to avoid predators such as humans. Their small size also makes it easier for them to run around. Being so tiny makes them less visible and harder to catch. If you’ve ever tried to chase a mouse, you’ll know they move pretty fast. 

  1. 5. Omnivorous Diet 

Mice are omnivorous. This means they eat all kinds of foods including seeds, grains, fruits and plants as well as insects and small animals. Such a diverse diet allows them to survive even when food is hard to come by. 

The Lion Inside play about a brave little mouse shows how you don’t have to be big and strong to know your worth. It’s a lovely story and one that’ll help children find their own confidence and self-esteem. Book your tickets today to see it at a theatre near you. Complete with fantastic costumes and bright sets, this show will keep your little ones entertained and is recommended for children aged three and above.