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Territorial?

Hi guys :) (I must say you have the cutest smileys i've ever seen! :love: )

So I'm mouse-sitting for the holidays and since this is my first time with mice (I've had hamsters and a gerbil before) I thought i'd get some opinions!

There are two girls, S'more and Nug, in a 10 gallon tank. I know that's pretty tiny, but it's all I have available and it's better than the crittertrail their owner gave them to me in :-/
All they had in the crittertrail was a toilet paper tube and a flying saucer wheel, so I made them a maze of tubes, a tissue box house, and a second level made from a bigger tissue box and some toilet tubes for legs.

My question is that recently S'more has taken to just sitting on top of the second level. One time I thought I saw her chasing Nug down and away from it, but other than that she just sits up there for extended periods of time. Is this normal, or has she claimed it in some sort of territorial thing because the tank is so small? Should I take it out? I'd rather not take it out because it would really take away from the space in an already tiny little cage...

I'm working on taming them and trying to give them a variety of toys and entertainment to make up for the lack of cage space. S'more has taken well to it and she will sit on my hand and eat if i'm still, but Nug wants nothing to do with the big scary hand and hides until long after it leaves.

I'm going to try to attach a picture of S'more sitting on the second level...Sorry for the horrible quality, it was taken with my phone in low light and I had to zoom in so I wouldn't scare her down.

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  • _AnnB_AnnB Legacy
    Posts: 161
    Hi and welcome to the forum.

    It may be a territorial thing, in female mice I wouldn't be too concerned but if they were males it could spell the start of some serious fighting.
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