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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-26-2004, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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Question How mice age, compared to humans???

I'm writing a term paper on "General Mouse Care" and wanted to add interesting mouse facts. I was wondering how a mouse's age is compared to humans. Like in dogs years it is 7 to 1 compared to humans, right? What would it be for mice? Mice have a much shorter life span so there is a big difference. Mice are fully mature 6 weeks of age, could you imagine if a human baby was fully mature at 6 weeks of age?!
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-26-2004, 08:13 PM
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Thats actually a pretty simple one Mice - on average (kept as pets, not in the wild) - live to be about 2 years old. Humans, on average nowadays live to be around 100 years old. So you are looking at a ratio of 1:50. So for every one year a mouse lives, it is like 50 human years to a mouse. You could break that down further into weeks if you wanted, such as, the average mouse lives to be about 96 weeks old, and the average human lives to be about 4800 weeks old.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-27-2004, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your help. It makes me double check the age of my mouse colony. My oldest female now is Speedy (the black and white mamma in the little photo next to my name), I've had her about 1 year and I think she was 5 weeks old when I got her from the pet store. She is so sweet, I hate to think of losing her.
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