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Egyptian Spiny Mouse

An Egyptian Spiny Mouse at the Lakeland WIldlife Oasis near Milnthorpe in north Lancashire.

 

They live in arid and semi-arid environments like deserts and savannahs. They live in and around rocks and can be found in burrows, which they presumably do not dig themselves. Different spiny mice species (there are eight) feed at different times and thus avoid competing with each other over the amount of insects they eat. Still, they are also known to be relatively social, and live in small groups with a dominant male who, when challenged, will fight. The animals are excellent jumpers and fairly active and are sometimes kept as pets

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Taken on March 27, 2010