Multi Mammary Mice

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Multi Mammary Mice

Postby REPTILE RESORT » Fri Nov 24, 2006 3:18 pm

Quickie Info on the multi mammary mice as seen at the recent Expo

Come from Overseas. Bigger than a normal mouse, smaller than a rat and a lot less smelly. Very acceptable to fussy eaters like Balls as they smell different. Called Multi Mammary because they have 16 'titties'. v :shock:

Very sociable, colonise okay - our mommies swop babies around all the time. Happy Daddy mouse can have 4 or 5 wives at a time and keep them happy.

These mousies will fall preggies while they are weaning a litter so its not uncommon to see them with kiddies of 3 different ages. AND they can have up to 24 babies at a time. Ours are averaging 18. Course you have to feed them properly to get max production. You should see them stretch over the babies to feed them. Our experience is they are most active at night during which time they turn their cages upside down like teenagers having a party while the folks are out.

Now if you were the kind to feed cute little mice to your snakes. These guys' babies are bigger than normal pinks. Ergo, less mousies to feed to one snake.

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Postby Bushbaby » Fri Nov 24, 2006 3:29 pm

Hi there,

Welcome to the forum. I see you have finally made it!!

Great info on these guys. Could be a worthwhile investment to breed these especially during breeding season when there are lots of tiny cornsnake hatchlings around to feed.
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Postby arcadies » Fri Nov 24, 2006 4:16 pm

I WANT!!
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Postby wickets » Mon Jan 08, 2007 8:16 am

Can anybody please give me the specific name and origin of these mice? I maintain a breeding colony of 95 adult normal mice in 19 cages, and in this heat, they stink, even if you clean the cages every second day. Using vanilla essence is a joke. It only causes growths that clog up the water tubes. Bleaching the tubs does help, but if I could use cleaner smelling feeders, it would help. I tried gerbils, but they have small litters, and are very caniballistic. I bought two pairs of these mice, and so far, I am impressed. They traveled inside my car (300km), with NO smell, they are larger than normal mice, (better for the boids), and they seem quite friendly (don't bite).
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Postby Bushviper » Mon Jan 08, 2007 8:36 am

Wickets most of the time the smell of mice is related to their diet too.

Multimammate mice are actually indigenous and there are 3 species that occur here. Mastomys natalensis, M. couchi and M. shortridgei.

I have worked with wild M. natalensis and the males are terrible. They will spend all day trying to kill the male in the next cage instead of mating.

The domesticated ones that are floating around at the moment are easier to work with and dont seem to have that problem.

Make sure that they are put on a diet which includes vegtables and seeds as well and they should do well for you.

I have used them to get non feeder ballpythons to eat as well. Dont ever feed live because I have seen where they ripped a boa to pieces in a matter of seconds.
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Postby wickets » Mon Jan 08, 2007 10:51 am

Hi BV. Thanks for the reply. You keeping well? What I have found so far: Although the domesticated ones come from abroad, they are actually indigenous, the Natal rat proamys natalensis, previously known as mastomys natalensis. Lots of info at http://goto.glocalnet.net/natal/ . The intermale aggresion seems to have been bred out of the domesticated lines, and they are available in various colours. Apparantly, they do smell a lot less than mice and rats, they breed well, and have lots of big babies. Sounds too good to be true, but I am going to try them.
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Postby Quintin » Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:14 am

So where can one purchace a colony or 2 of these mousies???

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Postby Bushviper » Mon Jan 08, 2007 1:00 pm

Reptile resort have some for sale and I have seen a few people with them. They are hellishly expensive though. Start slowly and invest in a few and breed them up yourself.
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Postby arcadies » Wed Jan 10, 2007 10:37 pm

i dont think the price is worth the product though ;/
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Postby wickets » Mon Jan 15, 2007 9:57 am

Some feedback on multi-mammaries. So far, my first female had 12 pinks, they really don't stink, they are friendly, and don't bite like other rats. They also seem not to fear humans. And yes, they are very expensive, but if you need 100 feeder rodents per week, like I do, I think they are a worthwile investment.
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Postby vierfleck » Mon Jan 15, 2007 11:21 am

Hello,

those beasts dont come in my house anymore! They were very aggressive against humans,and if youplan to feed adults,kill them before,they know,how to defend themselves.

But they dont stink like other mice,thats correct.And here in Germany they are not expansive.

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Postby SCI » Mon Mar 12, 2007 10:16 pm

I have these myself and as people have been saying
they do smell less and so far the numbers unbelievable.
One down side is they will chew though anything and
would be best kept in a glass tank.
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I kept these in the plastic type tank that can be
seen in the pic'c and they were though it in no time.
Here is a good link on there care.
http://goto.glocalnet.net/natal/care.htm
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Postby Bushbaby » Tue Mar 13, 2007 12:55 am

I ordered myself some. They will be here at the end of the month. I have a special cage, ready for them. Hope they don't chew through it. Will try the excess food trick though.
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Postby wickets » Tue Mar 13, 2007 8:23 am

BB, I keep them in cat litter trays. So far no evidence of chewing the plastic, but I add a piece of wood to each cage, which they enjoy destroying. They also take a while to become good mothers. Don't expect much of your first litter. They are very nippy when they have babies, so watch the fingers.
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Postby Bushbaby » Tue Mar 13, 2007 8:49 am

Kewl, thanx for that info. I am going to keep them in a cage which I kept my gerbil in. Unfortunately "Noef" passed away a little while ago, had a growth in his ear :( But his cage wont go to waste now (and my daughter will get a pet to look after :)
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