Totem of the day is Mouse! Pay attention to the details so that you don't miss anything important for you may be missing something that could be quite obvious. However, if you are focusing too closely on one thing, make sure to step back so you don't miss possible opportunities around you. Now is a time to closely examine what may need weeding out of your life and be honest when you assess your own strengths and weaknesses. Be vigilant and you will enter a time of abundance! The Mouse totem is known for it's connection to keeping close attention to detail. It is common that those with this totem may be very clean and tidy in some areas of their life while not keeping up with other areas of their life. This totem reminds us to keep balance over all areas. The mouse totem can teach us how to focus and how to obtain larger goals by completing the smaller, easy to finish tasks. People who connect with Mouse are very detail oriented and can often lose track of the bigger picture because of this. These individuals are very organized and clean with the ability to easily keep track of items. Mouse types tend to stockpile supplies for many occasions so that they are always prepared.
Mice, Apodemus Sylvaticus, are omnivorous mammals that can live between 2 and 5 years in the wild. They can be found in nearly every corner of the world even including the harsh environment of Antarctica. There are hundreds of types of mice which are divided into two types: Old World or New World species. This classification comes with whether the animal lives in the New World, the Americas, or the Old World which includes Europe, Asia, and Africa. A few varieties of mice include the common deer mouse, house mouse, field mouse, and zebra mouse. Mice belong to the rodent group being related to rats, hamsters, and more. Mice can come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. On average, a mouse will grow to between 1 and 7 inches long without measuring their tails and weigh under an ounce. The smallest mouse is the African pygmy mouse which measures just over an inch and weighs only .35 ounces. Large mice can be as big as a potato and some even have tails as long as their bodies. The way their bodies and minds work is quite similar to humans. These tough creatures may seem delicate, but they have incredible senses such as being able to sense temperature changes in the ground through their whiskers, the ability to withstand multiple scorpion bites, and can even shed their tail if caught by a predator. Mice prefer to build burrows underground that help to protect them from the many predators they have and have a nocturnal lifestyle. Although domestic mice are very friendly, wild mice are often only friendly to other mice, however are very territorial. Even domestic mice will become aggressive in defense of their own territory. A mouse's diet consists of fruits, seeds, and grains as well as insects and other forms of meat including other mice in times of scarce food supplies. These animals have an extremely fast metabolism and require a large amount of food in order to survive. They will eat around 15 to 20 times per day and so will build their homes near a consistent food source. Due to the large amount of animals that feed on mice, these rodents have developed a very fast reproduction rate in order to maintain their species. A female will be mature enough to breed between 4 and 7 weeks old. She will be able to have a litter every three weeks and these litters can range from 4 to 12 babies called pinkies or pups. They are named this due to their bright pink, fur-less bodies at birth. Female mice are called does while males are called bucks. When communicating, mice can make a wide range of noises including ultrasonic ones that only other mice can hear. These incredible creatures have a heart that beats 632 times a minute in comparison to the 60 to 100 beats a minute that a human possesses. Mice are fantastic climbers, swimmers, and jumpers with the ability to jump over 18 inches into the air. A mouse has 16 teeth with an upper and lower pair of incisors at the front which are used to bite and hold food. They also have specialized cheek teeth used for gnawing. When using these teeth, their front incisors will actually stop moving. These sharp front teeth grow continuously in order to keep up with their rapid intake of food and mice are known to chew on harder objects regularly in order to grind them down. Despite the myth, mice actually do not like to eat cheese, but will still eat it if they happen to come across it. The feet of mice are very specialized as well. Each of their long toes have nails that help them to wrap their feet around things to aid in climbing. They have five toes on their back feet and four toes on their front feet. The extra toe on their back feet help them to balance while standing.