The grasshopper mouse might not be your regular house mouse but it truly sounds straight out of a creepy Hollywood horror movie.
It is not often that you come across a mouse that truly seems terrifying in every sense of the word. It might not be your regular house mouse but there is a species of mouse that sounds straight out of a creepy Hollywood horror movie. Yes, if you have visited the Sonoran Desert, you would know exactly what we are talking about. As reported by BBC.
The grasshopper mouse is everything our nightmares are made of. They are completely wild, fierce, howling — and almost 6 inches long. They are also known to be the only carnivorous rodent found in North America — and the only one that howls like a wolf.
Fun fact: The adorable grasshopper mouse throws back its head and howls when defending its territory. Watch it here, courtesy of @natgeowild: https://t.co/ds9OumRWoC #WildlifeWednesday pic.twitter.com/nXTq3WVM6a— Utah DWR (@UtahDWR) January 24, 2018
And that's not all. According to a National Geographic report, the killer rodent can attack and eat bark scorpions. However, when it gets stung, it never seems to affect it. The mouse has a protein that stops its nerves from firing whenever it recognizes toxins in the venom.
And thankfully for the 'werewolf' mouse, it not only stops the venom from triggering pain; it also makes the venom actually prevent pain! The southern grasshopper mouse can actually turn a scorpion’s sting from getting itself killed and turn it into a painkiller.
this is a grasshopper mouse it’s a carnivore and howls at the moon and i’m in love with it pic.twitter.com/ba3qiJAkiO— al🦇 (@eastcoastblood) July 8, 2018
Although, when these grasshopper mouses are tiny, they look adorable but they can be very vicious as they are natural-born killers. From insects to lizards and even other mice for that matter, they can devour anything they feel like eating.
And if you are wondering how they stake claim to their territory, it is very unusual. They actually warn their prey of their presence as they stand on their hind legs, throw back their head and howl at the moon like a young little wolf. According to the BBC report, the ‘howl’ is pitched between 9-14kHz and it sounds like a wolf howling when it is played back at a slower speed. The howling is also
considered a way to scare off predators and at the same time, a means to communicate with other members of their species.
[PC’s around a campfire]— Kyle Spencer (@OdsAndBodkins) June 5, 2019
Barbarian: Look at my new pet!
Bard: ...It’s a mouse...
Barabarian: Yes, but it’s a Grasshopper Mouse! It hunts scorpions and howls at the moon! See?
Mouse: *Hops up on barbarian’s shoulder* Screeeeeeeeeee!
Entire party: This is our child now pic.twitter.com/qzozgT778d
The grasshopper mouse, often known as the werewolf mouse, is unlike any other mouse you would have come across, especially considering its meat-based diet. It can consume prey as large, or larger, than itself. The carnivorous rodent can eat scorpions and is truly a ferocious predator that consumes grasshoppers, centipedes. In order to get near its prey, the grasshopper mouse closes its eyes and uses its paws and whiskers to detect its target.
Although the nocturnal animal knows its way around at night, when the sun shines bright at the Sonoran Desert, there are always new dangers looming around. Surrounded by unknown creatures, the grasshopper mouse often finds itself lost and alone and has to find a way to stay alive during the heat of the day. And we are talking about temperatures as high as 118.4 F at the land which is truly not the most ideal place for a nocturnal mouse.
If you want to hear their howl, you can listen to it here. Tell us what you think.