So gulliver the dormouse has now completed his fortnight quarenteen and im happy hes fit and well, so its time to turn his rather simple abode into dormouse heaven... Gulliver is an african pygmy dormouse, these tiny creatures are about the size of your little finger, they are fast and agile and love to climb, they are friendly critters who rarely bite, but dont tend to sit still long enough for cuddles. Gulli currently lives alone but i hope to find him a mate in the new year (once i'm 100% sure on his sex).
Step one, take one tall glass tank, in this case i've got an exo terra for her, this is an idea tank as it allows front access and top access, making it easy to clean and gives a great view of the mice.
Then i took some natural cork bark backing boards (used for reptile and amphibian keeping) and covered the back wall, its a nice snug fit so shouldnt come loose, but not fixed in place so it can be removed and cleaned down when neccisary.
Now for the fun part, i've included some items of interest, the cage features around one large twisted piece of gauze bark (which i collected from the local woods about a year ago and have been waiting to use, to treat before use this piece has been washed in boiling water, frozen and then baked in a low oven for 6 hours...) this provides a fun climbing frame. I've also added some smaller pieces of vine branches. There is a small willow wigwam with bedding (natural jute nesting material... fabulous for all small aniamals) and the substraight in the tank is carefresh paper based bedding (great for absorbing odours and less messy than shavings). I had to use a bit of brain power to figure out how to attach the water bottle into the pen and in the end found a 'teddy bear stand' on one of my shelves that does the job perfectly. I've sprinkled a bit of food around (budgie seed, hamster mix and dried meal worms) and added a millet corn and now its all set.
Finally take one happy little dormouse...
and watch it scarper straight to its bed, lol, i'm sure he'll enjoy it more once the lights are out