If flies begin to appear more frequently within your home, it
may be a sign that a dead mouse is close by. Following the
insects to their feeding site can lead homeowners to the dead
mouse or mice.
When removing and picking up a dead mouse or any mice faeces or
nest materials, it is advised you wear protective gloves. Itís a
good idea to spray disinfectants on the dead rodent and the
areas surrounding it before it is moved. Trash bags containing
dead mice, faeces and nests materials should be tied tightly and
disposed of immediately.
Dead Mice as Food
Dead mice are frozen and sold as pet food for snakes in
Feeding captive snakes live prey is difficult and dangerous,
both for the owner and snake. Feeding a snake a frozen mouse
reduces the risk of harm to the snake, reduces stress for both
owner and reptile. It also prevents you from having to watch a
cute little mouse suffer and they are often cheaper!
Take the mouse from the freezer and thaw the mouse in the fridge
in its own bag. Do not thaw it in the microwave as enticing as
that may seem, it will cook the mouse meat and make your snake
ill. Itís best to leave it in the fridge over night to allow the
mouse to completely unfreeze.
Place the now thawed rodent on a slightly warm surface. You
don't want to cook the mouse, only bring it to room temperature.
The top of your TV, computer, or even in a little patch of sun
will do for this short period of time. Or, leave it on a counter
top for a little longer to warm to room temperature; normally an
hour or so is usually sufficient. Do not leave it too long to
get to warm as it may grow germs that can harm your snake.
Place the snake in its feeding area. It is recommended that you
do not feed a snake in its enclosure. This can causes the snake
to associate everything coming into the cage as food such as
your hand. Some ideas for feeding maybe a bin with high sides,
another tank, or a bathtub.
Place the prepared mouse in the area with the snake. You may
like to place a heating pad under the mouse to make it a little
warmer to seem alive, just not for too long as germs may start
breeding. The heat pad will probably make the mouse smell very
bad! Some snakes have no problem eating a mouse this way, and
will begin eating in about 15 minutes or so. If your snake does
then you are done and you can return the snake to its normal
If your snake is a fussy eater, or has not eaten dead food
before, you may have to work a little harder. Try wiggling the
mouse by the tail in front of the snake using a pair tongs to
prevent an accidental bite. If the snake appears frightened of
the rodent, wiggle the mouse a little and further away from the
snake. If the snake is in its strike position but not attacking,
try tapping the snake gently on the nose with the mouse.
However, don't do this if your snake is a Ball Python, as this
may result frightening the snake and have the opposite effect.
With time and patience you should find that the snake will
strike, strangle the already dead rodent and eat it. You may
have to let the snake "kill" the dead rodent more than once the
first few times. Pre-killed food is a much safer and more humane
way to feed your snake.
A mouse can be annoying where mice can be a bigger problem!
Getting rid of mice can be done in many ways such as the use of
traps that kill or catch and poisons. Controlling mice in and
around your home must be taken seriously as they can introduce
illnesses to your family as well as transfer fleas to pets.