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In short, they can.

however a good temprement pet or show mouse must not bite unless subjected to severe danger.

biting is a defensive action by a stressed mouse feeling threatened.

just my opinion
 

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shiprat is correct :) . but they also nibble sometimes if they smell food one you or are just being curious (just softly though--doesnt hurt). and my mice also like to bite my fingernails which i think is cute haha
 

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only time i've been bitten and it's drawn blood was when i was little and my sister kept mice.
...I used to pick them up and squeeze them :oops: :|
I was only 4!!

Mine lick and lightly nibble me, but it tickles :D
 

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They bite much less frequently than similar small pets such as hamsters or gerbils, at any rate.

In all the years (the better part of 10 years) I've kept mice, I've been bitten exactly once and it was totally my fault.
 

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If mice are tame and handled correctly (and considerately) then they won't bite. They are most likely to bite if they are unsocialised and scared - after all they are a prey species.
 

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I have kept mice on and off for 12 years... and been bitten once, by a 2 week old baby that was scared.

I agree whole heartedly that hamsters are worse... though saying that, I have never even come close to being bitten by my boy, but I spent 4 weeks talking to him and playing with his cage bedding before i even attempted to handle him, so he was well used to me.

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I've had a few hamsters over the years (Campbells and Syrian) and have never been bitten by one yet - but I still think mice are the least likely rodent to bite :)
 

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Just like everyone else has said. Mice can bite if they are frightened or haven't been handled properly. Mice are less likely to bite than other rodents. In my expierience pet store mice will bite more often because they have not been properly handled, but the risk is still very low. Mice that have been handled since they were a few days old are even less likely to bite.
 

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MouseBreeder said:
I've had a few hamsters over the years (Campbells and Syrian) and have never been bitten by one yet
wow really? I used to always keep hamsters when i was younger, and i was the 'hamster tamer', and i've only kept 2 thar never bit me :shock:
 

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I concur...the only times I have been bitten were by socialized pet shop mice who were frightened. My breeder's...I have never been bitten by any of them. :)
 

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wyliegirl12 said:
they can if they smell food,awaken all of sudden or with young pinkies
Last night, I guess Juliet was going into labor, I was bit, but that was the first time in four years.
 

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Different person Megzilla ;)

I have never been bitten by one of my own mice since I first started keeping them in 2001. I have had pet shop mice both friendly and very unsocialised, and bred what must now be thousands for showing purposes. I did get bitten when judging in Poland, but it didn't hurt, it was more of a surprise. I didn't want to disqualify the mouse (it's automatic there if they bite) so I asked if I really had to because it was a nice mouse :lol: I am still awaiting the day a dutch bites me while judging. So far I have run the gauntlet with success :D
 

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Shyone said:
Thanks everyone :D .
As long as I get my mice from a breeder I should not be bitten :)
It's true, if you get your Mice from a reputable source you are unlikely to be bitten.

It's worth pointing out, however, that even a timid mouse that might initially nip, is not totally dismissable.
Obviously if you are working on showlines a non nipper is desirable, but.........

I once made the mistake of getting a mouse from a Non-reputable source and when I got it home it was the most evil little Devil mouse that ever existed.
I persevered with him and handled him everyday, despite the bites. I wasn't going to be beaten!
My work paid off because now he is my favourite mouse and the only one that has the privillage of being called a house pet. All the others live in my shed.
He is very affectionate and nips me no more.

I wouldn't breed towards exhibition from him, but he is a superb pet :D
 
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