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Mice are pretty cute, innocent little creatures, right? Well…right for most of them. Wrong for the grasshopper mouse. This little guy is a fearsome predator who would give even the honey badger a run for its money. Check out this little critter’s amazing abilities.
1. Grasshopper mice are only distantly related to house mice, and instead live in deserts in the southwestern U.S. Since there isn’t a whole lot of food available, they snack on the most plentiful resource: bark scorpions.
2. Most mice feed on plants, but the grasshopper mouse is uninterested. It’s a pure carnivore.
3. Grasshopper mice spend a lot of their time attacking and eating bark scorpions. But it’s an uneven match because the mice are entirely resistant to scorpion venom, taking away the arachnid’s strongest weapon.
4. Despite being a tiny creature, the grasshopper mouse is also known to take down lizards and even other mice.
5. When hunting, the mouse typically closes its eyes and uses its paws and whiskers to find the prey instead.
6. In order to claim their territory, as well as before they go into battle, the mouse will stand on its back legs, throw back its head, and howl like a tiny wolf.
7. Grasshopper mice are nocturnal, and during the day they’re far more vulnerable than at night.
8. Not only are the grasshopper mice impervious to scorpion venom, they actually have a protein that turns the venom into a painkiller, making them even stronger during a fight.