Diet

Zebra Mice

Lemniscomys barbarus

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Diet

Zebra mice need an interesting, varied diet combining seeds, fruits, vegetables and insects. Zebra mice are omnivorous and their diet in the wild comprises of a wide range of foods rather than specialising in any plants or seeds.

There is some contention over whether they are prone to obesity or not, so care should be taken when giving fatty treats such as sunflower or pumpkin seeds in a Zebra mouses diet. Live insects such as crickets or mealworms may be included, giving one or two of these insects every few days.

Dried tree branches on give your pets lots of nutrients and are interesting for them to chew, you can leave the leaves on. Please check that the wood is safe for rodents and that it was taken from an area not near a roadside and is free of pesticides.

Zebra mice will each have their own preferences so its worth trying a variety of new foods to see which your animal decides on.

Water

Should always be available, either in a normal dish or via bottles.

Versatile seed mix

A standard mouse or hamster mix is fine, as long as has a good variety. It should not be too heavy on peanuts or sunflowers. Oats are a good addition to this mix with the supplements below.

Fresh

Vegetables and fruits such as broccoli, carrot, sweet potato, corn, apples, grapes, plums, pears papaya or melon. Check where your Zebra mice are hiding this, as they will stash food and if you've given them more than they will eat you do not want it rotting.

Protein

Such as scrambled or hard-boiled egg, small pieces of boiled chicken, and cheese. Dried or live mealworms are a good addition to a Zebra mouses diet and so are small crickets.

Treats

Sunflower seeds, mealworms, pumpkin seeds, and monkey nuts are good. Sprays of millet are popular and can be draped across their enclosure. Treat sticks are a good occasional food, although their nutritional value isn't high they are interesting for your pet, helping to wear down teeth.

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