If you are getting domestically-pet store-bred mice there shouldn't be a
problem. They have been bred from mice that should be disease/parasite/worm
free. (They might have mites or lice at the worst.) Of course there are
non-reputable breeders & pet stores & that judgement is up to you. I would
not feed wild mice live or dead to any of my animals.
There is a danger the mouse/rat (if consumed live) could bite internally
whatever has swallowed it. I used to breed mice to feed my boas.
Occasionally the mouse would bite the snakes externally & the snake would
get infections that weren't so hard to heal. But I did lose two snakes to
bites received internally that antibiotic injections given by a vet could
not heal. The injury caused swelling & infection & eventually blocked the
airway & throat & the snake starved to death. Not a pretty sight! And the
smell! I won't feed my bass mice- minnows, crickets, tadpoles etc are still
abundant & cheap! (Mice can be $1/each+) The mice even bit me several
It's not worth it to me...
>"If he hadn't eaten in several days, he would take mice."
>I have a Jack Russell Terrier (9 years old now) and our breeder told us to
>train him to hunt by putting a mouse in a bathtub and letting him 'hunt' it
>and kill it. However, she warned us not to allow him to eat the mouse
>because it could cause the dog to get worms/parasites. Is there any
>danger for fish?
>Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2001 9:28 PM
>Subject: Re: NANFA-- Keeping Largemouths in Aquarium...
>I kept a single bass about that size several years ago. He would come to
>side of the aquarium and splash excitedly every time I entered the room. I
>assume he associated me with food. If he hadn't eaten in several days, he
>would take mice.
>Indianapolis, Indiana USA
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