Wild mouse maze experiments
I started by building a mouse maze using some particle board with a white coating as a backer so it would show up better on camera. The wall pieces are butt joined and nailed and glued together and attached with a few screws from the bottom.
I added a glass cover for the maze to ensure the mouse doesn't just jump over the walls. I was going to cut the glass to size, but after scoring it, it just wouldn't break. I suspect it's tempered glass, and any break would result in the whole piece breaking into a thousand pieces. So I just left it the size it was.
For the first week, I didn't see any mice in the maze, but I did see some very eerie large fuzzy shadows moving across the field of view. These were from Insects, like the beetle at left, crawling over the camera lens.
When I checked the trap, I realized the piece of wood I leaned against the trap as a ladder for the mouse to get up, had blocked the ramp from tipping all the way level again. Without it getting back to level, the magnet wouldn't engage, so the ramp tipped too easily.
The mouse traversed the maze quite a bit to consume all the peanut butter, but it wasn't all that interesting.
I then had the idea of putting some sunflower heads with seeds on them in the maze. What was interesting about these is that the mouse would come and munch on the sunflowers, then leave, come back a minute later, and repeat. I suspect the minute of absence between munching on the sunflower heads was the mouse going away to stash the seeds somewhere.
It was amazing to see the mouse hang off it's feet, then later hang off just one foot to eat the peanut butter. The mouse was able to recover from this position without falling into the bucket, though not every time. It's amazingly good at avoiding falling, which makes the tipping ramp trap kind of impressive in it's ability to make the mouse fall in the bucket early and often, provided that it's not jammed up and the magnet force is set appropriately for the weight of the mouse.
My imgcomp program (motion triggered time-lapses)
High tech mousetrap monitor fail (video only)
Up-high garage shelves (mouse proof)
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