African Dormouse: What You Need To Know About The Rodent And How To Keep It In Your Home
African dormouse is a tiny rodent that looks a lot like a very small squirrel. Dormice are very active and nimble. This makes them difficult to handle. They need a large enclosure in which they can exercise and a varied diet. Overall, they are fairly difficult to care for and require a dedicated owner. The U. S. banned the importation of rodents from Africa in 2003 after an outbreak of monkeypox virus linked to African rodents. Some states have explicit laws against keeping African dormice as pets. They were bred in the U. K. Certain states do require permits to keep exotic animals. African dormices are social animals and should be kept in same-sex pairs or small groups. Territorial aggression can occur. However, if your group is raised together from a young age, the dormice will usually coexist peacefully. Diorice are generally quiet animals. However they do make some vocalizations that include a sharp bark noise when they feel threatened. African female dormice are excellent escape artists. They can sneak through small openings. The best type of housing is a glass or plastic tank with a tightly fitting fine mesh top. A 10-gallon tank is the minimum recommended size for two dormice. Because dormice spend a lot of time in trees, it's a good idea to provide branches for climbing. In the wild, dormice eat a wide variety of food. This includes nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetation, bird eggs, and insects. The main part of your dormouse's diet should be a nut and seed mix. These mix should be made for hamsters and other small rodents. Consult your veterinary doctor for the right quantity and variety to feed the dormouse. Dorer dormice can be generally hardy animals, but they are prone to some health issues. A habitat that is too cold, a lack of food, and stress can cause a dormouse to go into torpor. African dormice is hard to find in the United States. There aren't many breeders of the rodent in the country. Expect to pay around $100 to $300 for an African dormouse as a pet. This is ten times longer than the lifespan of their natural habitat. While African dormose will do OK in the wild. . . at the end of the day, they're a wild animal and will always thrive in their native environment. . . .