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Wild Baby Mice

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Posted by: cynth201 at Mon May 23 18:36:04 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by cynth201 ]  
   

Heya,

Now, let me first state that the point has been driven into me that you shouldn't ever feed wild mice to a snake because they //could// carry disease.
So here's my story: We've had a bad mouse problem in my basement, where I keep my feeder mice as well. Saturday we set traps and caught two female mice, then we started doing some renovation down here. Low and behold we found a litter of baby mice, only a few days old, and I'm pretty sure we killed their mom.
So what do I do? I separate one of my lactating mice and put her in there with them! I figure if they are sick only she will die, right? She's doing a great job at raising them. Now here's my question:
If my mouse doesn't get sick, doesn't that mean these wild mice are free of this disease that could harm my snakes, so I could feed them? Since I have mice anyways, and they get into the mouse food, doesn't that mean that my mice would have what they have anyways? Input.
Also another random idea, aren't wild mice more hardy and prolific than domestic mice? Anyone know if there is a significant size difference? Possible interbreeding?
Or I just need to dispose of the foster mom mouse and the babies because they are tainted no matter what, that would suck.


   

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