Barbary Striped Grass Mouse

Lemniscomys barbarus

These zebra-looking rodents can be found scurrying around their enclosure and climbing all over their furniture!

Species Information

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Barbary striped grass mice are native to North Africa. They mainly inhabit open places, such as woodlands, scrublands, and grasslands.

‘Zebra’ mice get their name from their prominent black stripes that run from head to tail on their back and sides. This is believed to help camouflage the mice from predators. They are only about 3 inches long and weigh about 30g.

Zebra mice are omnivorous meaning that they eat both plants and animals. Plants make up the majority of their diet, especially grass stems, but they also commonly feed on insects, fruits, and seeds.

Only 6 months in the wild, but up to 5 years in captivity.

These mice can be quite timid but are generally extremely active. They are not typically social but have been observed sharing the burrows with other mice and can be kept in groups. They are rarely found far from their burrows, which is necessary due to the abundance of predators in which they share their habitat with.

After 8-10 weeks, mice become sexually mature. The gestation period is 21 days, with an average litter size of about five underdeveloped pups. Although these pups are born altricial, blind, and hairless, the stripes are already prominently apparent!

Least Concern

Zebra mice can jump up to 2 feet straight up if startled!