Cacao Mice in Puriscal

costa rica mouse
costa rica mouse
Earlier this month the cacao trees produced for the first time. One tree in particular made the most pods. There were about a dozen in total. I perfected the fermentation and roasting process and it made the seeds a lot easier to shell. I spent several days on the patio cracking the shells off the seeds and throwing the waste in the dirt. Once I was done with that process I noticed Spencer was doing his hunting stare at the end of his leash in the late afternoons. He was looking at the area I left the cacao waste. I began looking at what he was looking at and saw two mice were sneaking up to consume the cacao waste. They spent several days visiting the spot and I took these pictures from inside the house at my computer desk. I think they are very cute! I was a little surprised they could eat the waste and wondered how much of the seeds they actually ate because the processed seeds are incredibly potent and I can only eat a small amount at one time.


I wonder if they eat themselves to death. In Germany, the deer consumed too much of the rapeseed used for canola oil and simply died from overeating. The flowers are a gorgeous yellow. Since you mentioned the seeds being very potent, I wondered what effects it had on the mice.
SRD said…
I wonder the same thing!