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FrankPool

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Do mice eat snails?
« on: April 04, 2006, 21:29:52 »
Today I disturbed a couple of field mice that were hiding under a long forgotten compost heap. I think they live in a tunnel thats been dug nearby under a bathtub I use as a water butt. Anyway the compost heap and its immediate surroundings were littered with dozens of snail shells-a snail graveyard or killing fields? I now mice are not really desirable on a plot but if they`re killing snails and slugs should I encourage them to some extent - the plots are full of cats and kessies which have clearly kept them down so far. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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Re: Do mice eat snails?
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2006, 17:14:53 »
Hi FP
I know wood mice will eat snails worms & other things when seeds are in short supply.
And they do look like field mice

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Re: Do mice eat snails?
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2006, 21:27:28 »
Mice are quite omnivorous so it's quite likely, but there are plenty of other things that eat snails as well.

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Re: Do mice eat snails?
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2006, 07:58:15 »
HI Frank, Hi all  :D

I think they do. I have found the same evidence - piles of shells in an old compost store and cold frame next to each other and I have found a dead mouse in the same place a few days ago.

I don`t think they need encouragement they`ll always be around.
I prefer to encourage frogs, toads and birds rather than rodents.

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Re: Do mice eat snails?
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2006, 07:58:15 »