[music playing] NARRATOR: In the middle
of the Sonoran Desert, this mother grasshopper
mouse tends to her pups. While tiny and adorable,
don’t be mistaken. This is not your
common house mouse. From the day they are born,
these mice are natural killers. Insects, lizards, scorpions,
and even, other mice, are all on the menu. This mouse is distinguished
from most other rodents in its reliance on
a meat-based diet. It regularly takes on prey as
large, or larger, than itself. Making the grasshopper mouse
even more of a stand out is its immunity
to scorpion venom. Not only can it withstand
the typically, deadly stings, its body has adapted to convert
the toxins into a pain killer. After a scorpion, a giant
centipede might seem easy. However, these
centipedes are venomous. A pocket mouse has already
fallen victim to its toxins. The grasshopper mouse
isn’t intimidated. This time, the
trick up its sleeve isn’t immunity, but agility. It uses its quick reflexes
to avoid the venom from the centipedes fangs. Before it enjoys
another fresh kill, the mouse proclaims its
territory, by howling. The mouse throws its
head back and lets out a high pitched cry,
into the night sky. Giving it the nickname
of werewolf mouse.