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Old 06-20-2010, 05:43 PM
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I picked out Tiva at the pet store because she was such a pretty brindle color. This is her the day I brought her home, months ago.







After about 2 1/2 months her face went through a major change. It darkened quite a bit. And she started to look Merle instead of brindle.







And this change came within the last week. She now has a light tan band around her eyes! Close to the color she was when I first brought her home. Its alot more of a bold change in person.










Lol im not sure what color or pattern she is considered now.

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Old 06-20-2010, 05:54 PM
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Just some more pics I took today during cage cleaning.

Everybody climb aboard the rodent train!
Tiva, Yin Yang, and Indie


Yin Yang


Tiva begging to be picked up


Its blurry but, Tiva reminds me of Pooh in the honey tree in this pic lol.


"I see'z you hooman"


Climbz climbz climbz (those strings are hanging on the outside of the tank)


Yin Yang says agoutis are pretty too!


Tiva on the "Jungle Gym". Though they love to pack it full of bedding.




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Old 06-20-2010, 06:14 PM
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Chunky butt


Tiva loves her tangle toy.


There is some sad news. I had been treating Spirit and Mango for mites and all seemed to be going really well. They stopped scratching and their sores were healing. A few days after finnishing up their treatment Spirit died. I don't know why or how she just was dead one morning. I was worried so I brought Mango into the vet but he said that she was very healthy and thriving. He thinks that Spirits tough short life just really took a toll on her body. She also seemed to have a weakened immune system. It was actually really hard on me. Because I bonded so closely to the sick little mouse . I miss her everyday.

I got the okay to move Kiwi (once called Pink ) in with Mango. I need to build them new toys since with the mite infestation I threw out all the old wood toys. But they are both very happy to be together. I am hoping this weekend to bring home yet anouther new female (hoping for a Lilac) so they can finally live in a trio. I am getting shelves put up in my room. And as soon as that happens I will move their tank into my room with the other girls tank.

Mango in the front, Kiwi is behind her.


Kiwi



Mango (left) Kiwi (right)


Last few are just Kiwi

Nomz






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Old 06-20-2010, 06:27 PM
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Kiwi and Mango have got some awesome colors going on! Mangos name suits her really well too
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All are just lovely Mice, but Tiva really needs weight taken off her.
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:18 PM
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Thanks Oakash .

If you read any site on mouse genetics and colors, you will learn that brindle mice are prone to obesity. Tiva is on a diet free of corn, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and other fatty foods. As are my other mice. She is on a constant diet like this to keep her from being REALLY obese. If you look up any other brindle adult mice they will look overweight. It is something they are genetically prone to. She could be ALOT bigger. Its common mouse knowledge.

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And article to prove my point. Just so no one thinks im over feeding my mice or feeding them poor quality food.

AFRMA - Brindle Mice

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Brindle mice are genetically Viable Yellow (Avy). This places it in the A series of mouse genes. Brindle is dominant to every gene in that series except Lethal Yellow (Ay). Like Ay, Avy causes a tendency towards obesity. This can range from slight portliness in some mice, to extreme obesity in others.
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Yes, I am aware, I have owned brindles before, and have never had any problem keeping weight off them.
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Old 06-22-2010, 06:29 AM
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hhmm...what is that saying about not pointing fingers unless your hands are clean... lets not get on the topic of overweight pets lol

some brindle mice might keep weight on more than others.

Your mice are lovely, and thats such a cool setup! did you build the popsicle stick stuff yourself??

I <3 Kiwi! Mice are so cute! I had no idea.. most the ones I see are those white ones with the red freaky eyes.

can they have tubes? like hamsters? Ive always had a strange obsession with those clear colorful hamster tubes lol
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Yes, I am aware, I have owned brindles before, and have never had any problem keeping weight off them.
Well! Well done to you!

They are so cute! I love their colouring, all of them! I also love their setups.
Tell me, I know with rats you can't keep them in tanks. I used to have mice and kept them in tanks with great success. What is the new theory on that now?
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Not to jump on the band wagon, but she is probably overweight due to the seed mix you are feeding them. Seeds are very fatty and should be used as treats. Have you tried lab blocks? I like Mazuri, but some others prefer Harlan Teklad.
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