Cairo spiny mouse

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Cairo spiny mouse

Order : Rodentia
Suborder : Sciurognathi
Family : Muridae
Subfamily : Murinae
Species : Acomys cahirinus


The Cairo spiny mouse is listed as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the Cairo spiny mouse
A young / baby of a Cairo spiny mouse is called a 'pinkie, kitten or pup'. The females are called 'doe' and males 'buck'. A Cairo spiny mouse group is called a 'nest, colony, harvest, horde or mischief'.
Some facts about the
Spiny mouse

Adult weight : 0.045 kg (0.099 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 6 years

Female maturity :58 days

Male maturity : 59 days

Gestation : 38 days

Weaning : 14 days

Litter size : 3

Litters per year : 4

Interval between litters : 34 days

Weight at birth : 0.005 kg (0.011 lbs)

Weight at weaning : 0.015 kg (0.033 lbs)

Body mass : 0.042 kg (0.0924 lbs)

Temperature : 37.85 °C (100.13 °F)

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Facts about the Cairo spiny mouse

The Cairo Spiny Mouse is one of Egypt’s most common rodents and by no means confined to Cairo.

The spiny mouse (Acomys cahirinus) is the only precocial murid species. (Full text)

The Egyptian spiny mouse (Acomys cahirinus) is the species most often kept as a pet. (Full text)

Olfactory bulb maturation in Acomys cahirinus: Is neural growth similar in Precocial and altricial murids? (Full text)

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