*I apologize in advance if this has been posted already, I did a thorough search and was surprised to not find it here so.....*
The southern grasshopper mouse stalks the badlands of, the western United States
and can be found in Mexico, Arizona and to my horror, California.
This little terror is known to eat some of the nastiest most poisonous creatures out there and that is why the bloodthirsty little mammal is presently
the subject of medical research...
DEEP in the Sonoran desert, a terrifying creature searches for fresh meat - even venomous scorpions are on the menu. Throwing its head back, the
animal howls at the moon. This isn't a horror movie but a day in the life of the southern grasshopper mouse (Onychomys torridus, pictured), North
America's only carnivorous mouse. It may hold the secret to a new kind of painkiller.
The venom of Arizona bark scorpions causes pain and respiratory failure in humans. Yet grasshopper mice eat them without pause, even while being
stung. To discover their secret, Ashlee Rowe of Sam Houston State University in Austin, Texas, and colleagues examined how the venom affected the
nerve cells of mice.
Actually, the mouse gives a bloodcurdling howl before closing in on its prey.
Zoologists have studied the grasshopper mouse to try to discover what makes it just so bad ass. At first it was believed that the ruinous rodent was
so successful because it had adapted a wider gape, and was compared to a sort of miniature version of a
But later, a new team discovered that the grasshopper mouse really does not have that much more gape, but that it is much more about rapid powerful
chomping and piercing, and so would be more analogous to a tiger. I found the anatomical analogies using the big cats to be kind of fun and the full
article can be found here...
i caught a mouse the other day that came through a water logged wall in my bathroom, i had my leather gloves on as not to get a mouse plague.
this thing was pissed it grabbed on with its little teeth and tried for blood and was screaming at me like a demon., i was going to take him out to
the field and let him go but when he showed me the evil inside him i freed him from his pissed off existence and feed him to my dog. now that my dog
has a taste for mouse blood hopefully she will get any of the demon mouses cronies that are coming to enact vengeance for there fallen brother.
i also had a soft spot for rodents, till one went for blood and screamed at me like a demon. i dont kill animals for fun, but either i let this hell
rat live another day and live a life knowing that he is still out there. or i save my only pair of leather gloves from getting chewed through as i
walk him 4 blocks to the field. and my dog got a free meal so in the end i think the circle o life was completed and there is one less hell rat out
i will not kill all mice and rats that i catch only the ones that have hate in there heart and soulless eyes
I think as killer ( African ) bees and fire ants seem to prove , when you live in a rough neighborhood you need a an attitude . ( and your that small
I'd like to see what happens after a few generations if a colony of these mice were moved to an easy living area from a mouse's point of view
because it seems to me that both killer bees and fire ants are a lot more laid back than they were when they first showed up .
Where the bees could be breeding with domestic strains I'm pretty sure that's not happening with the fire ants ,and I KNOW they're mellower than
they were 20 years ago .
I wonder how you would react if a giant alien came and plucked you up off the ground? Would you scream and fight, using anything within your limited
abilities to get free from this horrid monster who has you in it's clutches?
I would think that giant alien would then decide to feed you to his giant dinodogsaur, I mean what's a piddly little screaming, biting human to him?
You seriously just killed the innocent little guy because he was scared of you and wanted to get away?
Man,you really should have just taken it to the field, would have been a better choice imho.
Not trying to be a dick, I just have soft spot for rodents. Have had many pet rats over the years.
You do know rats and mice tend to carry diseases, as they've traveled through all kinds of nasty things, such as toilets, fecal matter, trash cans,
And they also reproduce and spread like the plague, I've seen documentaries where rats and mice get into corn and grain stocks, and there are
literally thousands. They might be cute, but they are a nuisance animal.
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