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Old 02-24-21, 07:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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snake food is pregnant! help!

so basically as the title goes... i have 3 mice which my snake is not eating right now due to shedding soon well i clean and feed them regularly and today while i was cleaning the tub i realized one mice is a female & is massive she has to pop any day now! hopefully my snake sheds and can consume her before that time comes.. but i want to prepare for i guess a litter of mice.. iíve watched some videos and read up on it but canít necessarily find what i need. has anyone experienced this or breeds mice that can help me out? donít know if i should separate the pregnant one with the other 2 and if sheíll just take care of them & nourish an help them grow until itís my turn, or do i take over when i see pups? iím going to go up to the store i purchase them from and see if they have any advice but thought to reach out here. thanks for any input!
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Old 02-24-21, 10:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: snake food is pregnant! help!

I've never dealt with mice, but I've had countless hamster litters in my lifetime and it's gotta be pretty similar. I'm not sure if you *have* to separate her from the others, but I do know that you *can* (ie the father doesn't play a role in childcare), so I recommend isolating her from the other mice just to play it safe.

Give lots of fluffy bedding... a little bag of Carefresh will do the trick.
Make sure she's got a good supply of food and water. Giving some extra nutrition by sharing healthy table scraps is a good idea, too (veggies, fruits, etc. This site might help you find safe options.).

For the most part, just leave her alone. First time moms might kill/eat the litter or they might be amazing moms. You never know, but either way they don't need any human intervention .
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Old 02-25-21, 05:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Separate them. She will do the work as long as she has food, water, and feels safe.
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thanks for the advice & time!
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Old 03-02-21, 04:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Not only does the male not play a role in care giving, but if it isn't the father of those particular babies, the male will kill them. That is a brutal thing to learn by error. I remember that being a particularly gruesome clean up.
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