Egyptian spiny mouse, Cairo spiny mouse
Facts about this animal
The Spiny Mouse is named for the quills on their backs, like hedgehog spines. Its fur is brown, grey, or beige on the upperparts, underparts are white.
Spiny mice reach a head-body-length of 10-13 cm, a tail length of 9-12 cm, and a body-weight of 30-35 g.
Spiny mice become sexually mature at 2-3 months. They produce 3-4 litters per year. In human care they can reach an age of up to 4 years.
Did you know?
That unlike other mice young Spiny mice are well developed at birth? The gestation period is 5–6 weeks, or about two weeks longer than the mouse norm.
|Name (Scientific)||Acomys cahirinus|
|Name (English)||Egyptian spiny mouse, Cairo spiny mouse|
|Name (French)||Souris épineuse, Rat épineux du Caire|
|Name (German)||Ägyptische Stachelmaus|
|Name (Spanish)||Ratón espinoso|
|CITES Status||Not listed|
|CMS Status||Not listed|
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|Range||North/North-East Africa and the Middle East: Djibouti, Egypt (Sinai Peninsula), Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Libya, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia Sudan, Syria, Yemen|
|Habitat||In rocky habitats, deserts and savannas|
|Wild population||Unknown, but it widespread and abundant (Red List IUCN 2011)|
|Zoo population||616 reported to ISIS (2007)|
In the Zoo
How this animal should be transported
For air transport, Container Note 81 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.
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Why do zoos keep this animal
The Egyptian spiny mouse is the most frequently kept of the about 18 Acomys species. Zoos keep spiny mice primarily for educational reasons, because it has a hedgehog-like fur and a reproductive biology, wich differs greatly from most other mice. Being small,diurnal, social and very active animals, spiny mice appeal particularly to children, and are an ideal species for awakening a positive attitude towards animals and nature.