Can Anyone Help A New Owner Distinguish Genders!?

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Can Anyone Help A New Owner Distinguish Genders!?

Post by Unironical on Sun 23 Oct 2016, 5:19 pm

Yesterday, I bought my first pair of fancy mice, I asked for one male and female, but they fighting when they come in contact. Would it be because they aren't used to each other's scents, or do male and female mice also fight, I read somewhere male mice fight, sometimes even to the death to claim dominance and I really think they sold me to males.. Can anyone help??

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Re: Can Anyone Help A New Owner Distinguish Genders!?

Post by CallaLily on Sun 23 Oct 2016, 5:44 pm

Are you trying for babies??  Because that's what you'll end up with.  Not something to get into lightly, especially with your very first mice!  Please read through all of the articles in this section: http://petmousefanciers.forumotion.com/f17-genetics-breeding.  There's a thread there on sexing mice too.

If you're still not sure, try to get clear pictures of their bums to post here so we can try to help.  In the meantime, separate them now please.



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Post by AnonONIagent on Sun 23 Oct 2016, 9:00 pm

Males have their genitals and anus much further apart than females do, and when relaxed will have visible testicles and scrotum. Female mice have visible nipples (they're very small and will just look like little dots where there is no fur) while males do not.

As for why they would fight, mice fight for many reasons, such as for dominance or simply because they do not like another mouse.

Why did you ask for a male and a female? Like CallaLily said, that's a surefire way to get babies, as mice reproduce quickly and aggressively. If you keep them alone together you will get many many many many babies. If you are trying for babies, that's not a good idea for a first time mouse owner. It's also a bad idea to breed two mice whose backgrounds you don't know, especially if they are from a pet store and not yet tame. Pet store mice are usually skittish and badly inbred, so if you breed them you are most likely going to end up with baby mice that will have short lifespans as well as their parents' bad temperament. Not to mention that you will then be responsible for finding homes for all of those babies.

As CallaLily said, please separate them ASAP.

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Re: Can Anyone Help A New Owner Distinguish Genders!?

Post by CinnamonPearl on Sun 23 Oct 2016, 9:53 pm

I'm with everyone else. Getting a boy and a girl and keeping them together is a terrible mistake, especially for a novice owner. Separate them immediately. If you need to know their sexes, post pictures of their genitalia here and we can sex them for you. The best way to do it is put them (one at a time) into a glass jar and take photos from the bottom.

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Re: Can Anyone Help A New Owner Distinguish Genders!?

Post by Andorrici on Mon 24 Oct 2016, 2:36 pm

Lots, and lots, and lots, and lots, of babies is what's gonna happen soon Sad

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Re: Can Anyone Help A New Owner Distinguish Genders!?

Post by scaredymouse on Mon 24 Oct 2016, 3:00 pm

I agree with everyone else. They need to be separated to prevent pregnancy and if they are males, they will kill each other if left together. The only mice that should live together are females

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