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Pet Rats Versus Other Rodents

Pet Rats Compared With Other Rodents

Different Rodents Compared
Rats Size: 6-8" w/6-8" tail
Cage: Wire Cage, Fish Tank
Feed: Lab Bricks
Social: Friendly, social, and very intelligent
Breeding: Year round. Any m/f pair will breed.
Gerbils Size: 4" w/4" tail
Cage: Fish Tank
Feed: Seed Mix
Social: Friendly and social*
Breeding: Year round. Pairs or triads mate for life
Mice Size: 2" w/2" tail
Cage: Fish Tank or Environment
Feed: Lab Bricks, Seed mix
Social: Social, males fight
Breeding: Year round. Dominant male mates w/all females
Hamsters Size: 5" w/stubby tail
Cage: Fish Tank, Wire Cage, or Environment
Feed: Seed Mix, Hamster Food
Social: solitary, unfriendly
Breeding: Any m/f pair will breed. Male should be housed with female only for mating then removed.
Cavies/Guinea Pigs Size: 10"
Cage: Large Fish Tank or Wire Cage
Feed: Guinea Pig pellets, Grass Hay, Require vitimin C supplement
Social: Social, friendly, and ingelligent.
Breeding: Any m/f pair will breed.
Duprasi
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Fat Tailed Gerbil
Size: 4-5" w/1-2" fat tail
Cage: Fish Tank w/thick shavings or nesting box
Feed: Seed Mix, High Protein Cat Food, Hedgehog Food, Meal Worms
Social: Friendly and social
Breeding: Year round.
Spiny Mice Size: 3" w/3" tail
Cage: Fish Tank or Environment
Feed: Seed Mix
Social: Friendly. Live in pairs.
Breeding: Pairs mate for life and breed twice yearly.
Russian Dwarf Hamsters Size: 4" w/stubby tail
Cage: Fish Tank or Environment
Feed: Hamster Food, Seed Mix
Social: Friendly. Live in pairs.
Breeding: Pairs breed year round, some say they mate for life.
Chinchillas Size: 10"
Cage: Wire Cage w/room to stand
Feed: Chinchilla Pellets
Social: Social, friendly, and ingelligent.
Breeding: Pairs mate for life and breed year round.
*Key to terms
Social: The animals prefer to live with others of their own kind and should be kept in pairs or groups.
Environment: A plastic small animal environment with tubes, etc., such as Habitrail.

 

FancyPetRats.com last updated 11 Mar, 2017

 

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