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I can answer questions regarding mice as pets, mouse behavior, color and coat genetics, breeding techniques, and general health questions. I can help with caging and setup, nutrition, social issues, and what to do in most mouse emergencies (such as unplanned litters, injuries, fighting, etc.). I can also assist with questions pertaining to orphaned mouse pups, weaning litters, and questions of mating and birthing. I cannot answer questions about exotic or wild varieties of mice such as spiny or pygmy mice. *****FOR EMERGENCIES, anything requiring immediate medical intervention, PLEASE take your mouse to a professional veterinarian or wildlife rehabilitator who works with mice as soon as possible! IMPORTANT RESOURCES: Raising Orphaned Mice: http://www.rmca.org/Articles/orphans.htm Orphaned Mice Videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/CreekValleyCritters/videos?query=raising Natasha's Your First Mouse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNK4uqNZTbA&feature=share General Mouse Help: http://www.fancymice.info/ Mouse Info and Exotic Breeds: http://www.hiiret.fi/eng/species/

Experience in the area

I have enjoyed the companionship of mice nonstop since 2004, and spent a year caring for them in a lab where I learned a great deal about their breeding, social needs, and health. I spent a few years breeding them, specifically working with albinos, marked mice, angora mice, and satins. My education never stopped - I am learning something new every day from current and well-established research thanks to the wonderful folks at the Jackson Laboratory, as well as from my wonderful mousey friends online. I also love learning from my terrific questioners here on AllExperts - you folks keep my passion for these amazing animals alive and well!

Organizations

East Coast Mouse Association - expired, American Fancy Rat and Mouse Association - expired

Education/Credentials

Partial University for a B.S. in Microbiology, Partial University for a 2-year degree in Veterinary Technology (RVT cert), C.E. classes in pathogens, aseptic technique, genetics, and applications

What do you like about this subject?

I love that there is always something new to learn about mice - even when you think you have them figured out, they will surprise you. They have so much love to give, even though they're tiny! I also really love figuring out their genetics; it's like an exciting puzzle every time.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Like I said, learning never stops with mice! Some day I would like to contribute to the study of mice, and in the meantime I want to learn as much as possible about their behaviors, genetics, and health. Through education and aid, I hope to improve the quality, health and lifespans of pet mice.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Female mice who want to establish dominance in an all-female cage may mount other females, or on some occasions, trim the whiskers of fur in a certain pattern on all the submissive does in the cage. The latter is called barbering, is possibly learned (but also possibly genetic), and is really interesting to observe.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Feeder mice are pretty controversial, but in my opinion more attention should be paid to how the mice are treated when alive. Mice that are fed live to constrictors are actually killed fairly more humanely than once thought - rather than the mice being suffocated, their blood is actually cut off from their brain, which induces shock and death much quicker and less painfully.


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Recent Answers from Tamarah

2017-02-15 Mouse biting:

Hi Bozena,    There could be a lot going on causing him to bite, and it will take a little bit of patience to figure it out.    First, he is still very new.  The first week or two is always an adjustment

2017-02-10 Caught deer mouse in my attic:

Hi Kevin,    Your plan sounds good, honestly.  Survival instincts are encoded in something called epigenetics, which take several generations to breed out.  You can feed him balanced commercial mouse food

2017-01-25 Re: Mouse teeth too long:

Miriam,    That's a tough one to answer, since as you already know, most commercial mouse diets include wheat in their ingredients. Unfortunately, they are also hands down the best way to provide a diet

2017-01-24 Mouse teeth too long:

Hi Miriam,    Hard, crunchy treats may be the easiest way to go until she can file them back down.  Embedding isn't the only hazard with overgrown teeth - it's important to also watch that her jaw action

2017-01-06 Mouse chewing off hair and legs:

Hi Sarah,     Yes, the issue could be psychological. However, you didn't mention if the diet has been addressed. Mice need a full variety of nutrients and vitamins that are not available in only rice,

 

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