Striped, Spiney or Pygmy Mice
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These small rodents all require basically the same care. Aquariums with tight
fitting lids make good homes. Be sure that in the mesh on the lid is NOT plastic
or you will have an escapee in short order, especially dormice. Provide a water
bottle with stainless steel spout or a glass tube. No plastic for dishes or
This is an African Spiney Mouse.
Bedding can be pine shavings (no cedar!). Give them
something for a home to hide in and provide material for bedding. Striped mice
like dry grass or hay, the others like a mixture of grass and cotton batting
(like for quilts).
Food consists of free-choice rodent blocks and a high quality mice/gerbil seed
mixture. You could make this yourself, if you have chickens and horses by mixing
whole oats and chicken scratch with sunflower seeds.
This is an Striped Grass Mouse.
Never pick up a mouse by the tail unless it is very close to the body as they
can slough the skin and you will have a bloody, skinned tail to contend with.
They are happy in normal room temperature.
Give them some fresh vegetables and fruits in small amounts. Give them an exercise
wheel and tubes and branches to run through and climb on.
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