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Post by Mousylvania Sun 16 Aug 2020, 7:08 pm

Hello all:
I have two nice female mice and I enjoy making them a great habitat. I have a reptile enclosure with a screen top and doors that open in the front. It is 36 x 18 inches and two feet tall, so there's lots of room. I like giving them fresh oat grass which they love, but they dig into the potting soil and I have to remove it very quickly because I'm sure they would eat it.

If I grow some in plain garden dirt, will it be safer for them? And what other plants could I use?

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Post by Mosey mouse Mon 17 Aug 2020, 2:53 pm

not sure maybe try asking at https://mouse-forum.proboards.com but I will try and find a list of safe plants for you as well.

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Post by Peachy Tue 18 Aug 2020, 4:44 pm

Organic potting soil is fine to play in. Many use it as a primary substrate. I had a couple guys a few years ago who loved to dig around in potting soil. Lots of fun!

If you use other plants, double check that both the seeds and the plants are safe.
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Post by Snoot3 Fri 04 Dec 2020, 2:32 pm

My mouse always bites my ponytail palm tree leaves into pieces. I read that it is safe for animals to eat and he has never gotten sick. Also they are easy to grow, require minimal care, and aren't too picky.

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Post by chiroptera Fri 04 Dec 2020, 4:39 pm

I would definitely say to stick to organic potting soil, rather than dirt collected outside (I'm assuming this is what you mean by "plain dirt," though I could be mistaken), as dirt from outside could have parasites or other dangers.

I would caution being careful that there's enough ventilation for your mice in a glass reptile enclosure - maybe leave the front doors open for a period of time each day so that there's more airflow? (Of course, with the mice out of their enclosure or being supervised unless it's impossible for them to escape from wherever the enclosure is located.)

That said, I'm sure your mice love digging in and eating the oat grass! Other plants you can try include millet, chia, cilantro, and cat grass. Smile

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