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Which animals eat mice?


Mice are about as low on the food chain as a group of animals can get. Almost every carnivorous of omnivorous animal will jump at the chance to eat a mouse given the opportunity, for this reason; mice have plenty of natural enemies including some of the following.

Cats – It was well defined by Tom and Jerry cartoons that mice and cats do not get along; however, we are more specifically referring to wild cats when we refer to animals that are likely to eat mice. Although domesticated cats also love to eat mice, they do so out of instinct rather than out of hunger most of the time. Wild cats such as bobcats and lynx will commonly eat mice in order to sustain themselves and their young.

Dogs – As mentioned above, this is in reference to wild dogs. Your common everyday domesticated dog is more likely to chase and play with a mouse than it is to actually eat a mouse. Wild dogs such as coyotes however will prey upon mice since they aren’t offered a steady diet of kibble on a regular basis. Dingoes, wolves and jackals also all eat mice in order to stay alive.

Birds – Flying predators are among mice most fierce hunters. Swooping down on the fields in which mice roam, almost every type of birds that is a carnivore finds mice among the top of its dietary needs. Even domesticated hawks and birds of prey eat frozen mice and feeder mice.

Reptiles – Snakes are another natural predator of mice. From domesticated boa constrictors that eat frozen mice to wild corn snakes, mice are always on the menu for snakes. There are very few that won’t eat a mouse such as the garter snake which primarily eats fish, although even they can be coaxed into eating a mouse if they are hungry enough. Many arboreal animals won’t consume mice either since they are not a part of the snakes’ environment in the trees.

This is a broad list of which animals eat mice, but that’s because the amount of animals that don’t eat mice is much slimmer than the amount of animals that do eat mice. If you have a pet snake or bird of prey that needs mice for its diet, be sure to find the best frozen mice and feeder mice at Rodent Pro.
 

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