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Care Sheet for Mice and Rats or other Rodents

Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 0    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 09/04/2010

Main Category:

Misc

Sub Category:

Mice and Rats or other Rodents

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

MultiLizard

Years Experience:

1 to 2 Years

Species:

Mice

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

Mice.

Sexing and Characteristics:

Mice: Mice are distinguished between common differences in sexes.

Males: Males will have visible testes. They are also much bigger in weight than a female. Their size will look a lot like a man’s beer gut. Youngsters will not gain their testes until about 3 weeks after they are born.

Female: Females are smaller than males and have their anal opening and their vaginal opening close together. This could be spotted within 2 and a half weeks after they are born but until you see a males testes start to develop (If there is a male in a the bunch) males will look like a female until they start to develop.

Mostly Active During:

Day

Substrate and Water Needs:

I personally use pine substrate, it is cheap and effective. It does need to be changed about once a week if there are more than 2 mice in one cage. Urine does build up quickly in any substrate.

Water, a water bottle is the most effective way to give mice water, but you can have a small water bowl in the tank but water bottles hold more, aren’t as messy, and are cheap. About 2-3 dollars for a medium size bottle, depending on wear you go to get it.

Lighting and UVB:

Natural light is perfectly fine if they are near a window. Room lighting is fine as well. But nothing special with lighting.

Temperatures and Humidity:

Room temperature.

Heating and Equipment:

N/A

Caging Provided:

I personally use a 10 gallon tank for my mice with a screen lid. Mice do jump so a lid is needed or you will have mice running lose in your house.

If you want to breed your mice, you should always have 3, 10 gallon tanks all together because once a mouse is pregnant, separation is needed so that any other female mice do not eat the pinkies and the mother will also not feel crowded if she is in her own tank. (A five gallon will also work just fine for isolating a pregnant mother)

Diet:

Herbivorous

Description of Diet:

I personally go to Walmart and get the mixture of dried corn, diet formulated food with small seeds in the bag. Its only about 3-4 dollars for a 4lb bag at Walmart.

You can also get the mouse formulated big pellets but I like giving my mice variety in their food.

As I get my greens ready for my bearded dragons, I separate the middle of a leaf and give my mice the greens too. It gives them again, variety in their diet and has kept them healthy.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

Mice don’t need anything extra like calcium or vitamins.

Maintenance:

Mice cages do need to be changed about once a week, not matter what type of substrate you use.

Water needs to be filled back up (if in a water bottle) with new water.

Tanks need to be cleaned thoroughly about every two weeks. or every time that you change the substrate.

Some Words on this Species:

With breeding, mice will eat their own young if they feel crowded or scared. Do not touch the young for the first 2 weeks or they will push away the young and the young would die or they will eat their young.

Other females will become jealous and eat other mothers young, most males might eat their own young as well so separation is most viable to make sure the babies grow up.
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