Mus spretus Lataste: a hygienic house mouse?

@article{Hurst1995MusSL,
  title={Mus spretus Lataste: a hygienic house mouse?},
  author={J. Hurst and J. Smith},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1995},
  volume={49},
  pages={827-834}
}
Mus spretus, an aboriginal species of house mouse, appears to show a pattern of behaviour not reported in other rodents. Faeces are picked up and carried short distances in the mouth or rolled along the ground with the tip of the snout, often repeatedly. Two experiments using wild-caught subjects held temporarily in captivity investigated the potential function of this behaviour. Provided with a choice of faeces up to 12 h old from different donors in an arena, mice showed a strong preference… Expand
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