The Story of Rapemouse.
- Long, long ago, we raised our own mice for snake food. There are many advantages to this, but it's not as easy as it sounds. A constant problem is finding a good male breeders. We finally found a burly white male who sired large, healthy litters.This was not a problem with the established adult females, and all went well until we tried introducing some new females for fresh breeding stock after the older ones started getting tired. It was hard to find adult mice that year, there was a genuine shortage, so we wound up having to take mice on the very edge of maturity. Mouse tweens were all we could get.Well, the young female mice started dying. They'd turn up dead, and we could see that they'd been bitten. At first we thought it was the other females bullying them. We separated out the larger females once they were pregnant, but it kept happening. This left only one culprit: the male.