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Spiny Mice


 Egyptian Spiny Mouse (Acomys cahirinus cahirinus)
 Arabian Spiny Mice (Acomys cahirinus diidiatus)
By Heritage Pets

The most commonly kept spiny mouse is the Egyptian Spiny Mouse (Acomys cahirinus cahirinus). We also raise Arabian Spiny Mice (Acomys cahirinus diidiatus)
Spiny Mice are found in the wild throughout North Africa and the Middle East. They are considered terrestrial and usually inhabit drier rocky desert areas as well as areas with dense vegetation. It is believed that Spiny mice are more closely related to a gerbil than a true mouse.


Their coat has a bristly appearance because of the presence of a great many hard and spiny outer guard hairs. Their head and body is about 5 inches long with an additional 5” tail and they weigh three – three and a half ounces


In the desert and sandy areas it competes with gerbils, and often uses their burrows to make their home.  Considered diurnal, Spiny mice are active early in the day and late in the afternoon and evening.


Spiny mice are easy to feed but because they are very active animals they do eat a lot. It prefers to eat plant matter, but adapts to anything edible. They need a constant supply of good quality hamster mix that is low in sunflower seed and additional lab blocks. Along with dry foods you can offer, fruits, vegetables and oat based sugar free cereals. Spiny mice need to chew and rather than considering these as treats it is better to consider these as part of their diet, lots of good quality hay, dried hard bread and natural (cleaned and chemical free) twigs.

Water is a must at all times. Try and get your spiny mice to drink, from a water bottle. It is less likely to be come contaminated but still should be changed daily.


A 10-20 gallon aquarium with a tight fitting lid is suitable for the spiny mouse. As bedding a thick layer of Aspen wood shavings and of good quality hay for them to build a nest, is a must. Besides the basics lots of toys for them to chew on, branches to climb on and a solid type exercise wheel and a few wooden nesting/ hiding spots is all that spiny mice need to keep them occupied. Although Spiny Mice are pretty much odourless you still need to clean their tanks on a weekly basis.





Because these cute little animals are social by nature, Spiny mice do make good pets. They need companionship of other individuals and are best kept in small groups of same sex pairs or breeding colonies.    Just like all pets they do need to be handled and interacted with on a regular basis.  If not, they will not likely remain tame and may become a bit shy.


Spiny mice are becoming increasingly harder to find "which is a shame". If more people knew what great pets they make, they would surely become more popular. 


They usually sell around 20.00

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