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This wil sound so daft, but bought some pinkies for my gray-band and they are black! :oops: Thought all pinkies were pink! Didn't know whether black mice were born with black skin or not. It's just the pet shop we get them from is not 100% reliable at times. Just wondered if any of you guys have ever had black pinkies. :lol:
 

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neither have i ummmmmmmmmm didnt know u could get black pinkys
 

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There is nothing wrong with dark coloured pinkies, they are exactly the same as pink ones - its just melanin pigment in their skin, the same as feeding a brown adult mouse as opposed to an albino one.
 

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The shop i get my pinkies from occasionally gives me some black ones and they are fine.......threw me a bit the first time too but my corn was more than happy with them.

On the other hand my housemates corns refuse to eat the black ones....*shrug*
 

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Yep lots of WC stuff seems happier to eat dark coloured mice than albino ones. The shop I get my stuff from now has a whole variety of coloured mice, which is fairly unusual. I dont know who their supplier is though.
 

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I breed mice and get black pinkies from certain mice.
 

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I didnt know they smelt different! I figured a pinky mouse is a pinky mouse is a pinky mouse.

If they are genetically the same though, and its just melanin pigment in their skin, how comes they have a different odour? Does the pigment mean they make a slightly different smell, or are they ever so slightly genetically different or what?

I'm just curious how it works...
 

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Also, does anyone know why pinky mice are called pinky mice? It would seem its not because they are pink.

I always thought it's because they are supposed to be roughly the size of your 'pinky' finger (Americanism), however, even the larger ones i get arent really anywhere near the size of my little finger.
 

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I've had black and sort of patchy pinkies, went down well!
 

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i used to get some well weird coloured ones lol..
they are fine
 

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Thanks for all your replies. They're for my 7 month old gray-band. She struck at the first one, so maybe they do actually smell different! :lol: Knowing my luck now, the reptile shop will only have pink pinkies forever more! :roll:
 
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