Counting Mice…another type of preschool math.

It is Sunday, which means it is feeding day. Or mouse day. Snug likes mouse day. She loves the soft fur and the cute little pinks. We got a couple of sizes today, little newborn or 2-3 day old mice called pinks and crawlers, mice that are around 10 days old.

Pinks..

Crawlers…

*A quick note about the pictures. The quality tonight is terrible. I definitely do take better pictures. The problem was, I wasn’t expecting snug to enjoy it so much or to be so good at picking them up. Also I was trying to finish up my snake scarf and was distracted by button placement and such. So bear through these pictures and I promise better ones in the future and more info on mouse sizing.

Anyway, snug wanted to help feed tonight, she usually does. She and Bug started by consulting his extensive snake charts and counting out how many they had and who needed to eat what.

This is where the preschool math comes in. Talk about a challenge, counting while moving live mice from one container to another.

She has gotten a lot better about picking up the crawlers, for the longest time she wouldn’t do more than pet them, but tonight she went right in and picked them up.

She did lose count at one point.

There was time for pets too.

One of the most interesting things about snug picking up these mice is the way she did it. She gently (though it may not look gentle) grabbed the mice by their extra skin on their backs. They wiggle less and are less distressed by being moved this way. She not only did this with the crawlers, she did it with the pinks too.

Bug didn’t teach her this, I didn’t teach her this. I don’t pick up mice like this, bug doesn’t pick up mice like this. Snug is already exceeding us. Surpassed by the next generation, always the tragedy of past generations.

The pinks were definitely easier to count for her. A little less wiggly and she has been handling them longer.

One pink-tato, two pink-tato, three pink-tato, four….

One quick note: we only feed live mice to young snakes that need the movement to initiate a feeding response and animals that aren’t primarily rodent feeders. Usually we do frozen/thawed.

Happy feeding!

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