Mice & Rats (Family Muridae)

 

Muridae is the largest family of mammals. It contains over 600 species
found naturally throughout Eurasia, Africa, and Australia. They have
been introduced worldwide. The group includes true mice and rats,
gerbils, and relatives. The name comes from the Latin mus (genitive
muris), meaning "mouse".

 

The murids are small mammals, typically around 10 cm (3.9 in) long
excluding the tail, but ranging from 4.5 to 8 cm (1.8 to 3.1 in) in the
pygmy mouse to 48 cm (19 in) in Cuming's slender-tailed cloud rat.

 

 

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