Rodents : Pets & Animal

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How to Hold Hamsters

How to Hold Hamsters

Hamsters are cute little rodents that can make fascinating pets. Although the personalities of these critters may vary, many hamsters enjoy being held and won't get too nervous when handled. Before you try to hold a hamster, however, know that the hamster is comfortable with you. When holding a hams......[Read More]
Information on Dwarf Hamsters

Information on Dwarf Hamsters

Originating from China, Russia and Mongolia, dwarf hamsters only grow to half the size of regular hamsters. Although aggressive if not regularly handled, dwarf hamsters can be gentle pets with proper care and training.......[Read More]
How to Cage a Pet Squirrel

How to Cage a Pet Squirrel

Pet squirrels can be fun, entertaining pets, as long as you keep them in the right environment. The exact type of squirrel you choose will depend on where you live and the laws in your area. In the United States, it's illegal to keep most native squirrels as pets. Choose captive-bred animals that ha......[Read More]
Information About Pet Mice

Information About Pet Mice

A pet mouse can be a great addition to almost any family. Mice are clean, friendly and even a little cuddly. Mice can be a source of entertainment for those seeking an addition to their lives. A mouse does not require a huge yard or trips to the local park.......[Read More]
Are Female Cockatiels Easier to Keep Than Male Cockatiels?

Are Female Cockatiels Easier to Keep Than Male Cockatiels?

One of the most popular types of birds people keep as pets is the cockatiel. Cockatiels are smart, social birds that are approximately 10 to 14 inches in length. With proper care, cockatiels generally live approximately 15 to 20 years. Male and female cockatiels are both easy to keep as pets; howeve......[Read More]
How to Build a Cage for an Unreleasable or Injured Squirrel

How to Build a Cage for an Unreleasable or Injured Squirrel

Squirrels are wild animals that best thrive when they are left in the wild, but certain situations require that squirrels be raised or kept in captivity because they are injured or otherwise unreleasable. Creating a cage for a squirrel in such a situation will allow for the squirrel to be housed saf......[Read More]
What Colors Do Mice See?

What Colors Do Mice See?

The mouse is a common rodent and a pest in many parts of the world. They are prolific breeders with one female producing as many as 12 young every few weeks. When mice come into contact with humans they can spread disease, mainly due to the parasites that they carry such as fleas and ticks. However,......[Read More]
How to Make a Comfortable Home for your New Gerbil

How to Make a Comfortable Home for your New Gerbil

If you just got a new gerbil and you are wondering what you should buy to make his or her new little home comfortable, there are a few things you should look out for and include. Some things may not be a good choice, while others are more suitable. From toys or food, gather a few things to make a co......[Read More]
How to Look After Hamsters

How to Look After Hamsters

Pets can offer us the benefit of companionship, teach us basic responsibility, and let's face it-- they're just plain cute! All of these statements do apply to the pet hamster. Hamsters are adorable little rodents with very sharp minds and an affectionate nature. Hamsters are generally friendly if ......[Read More]
Information About Short Haired Male Hamsters

Information About Short Haired Male Hamsters

Hamsters are a type of rodent, featuring long, curved incisors that allow them to be good at gnawing. Hamsters originated in the wild, but are now domesticated and bred to be caged pets. Male short-haired hamsters are regarded as a good pet for small children, as they are generally laid back and for......[Read More]
Do Ground Squirrels Eat Grubs?

Do Ground Squirrels Eat Grubs?

"Ground squirrels" refers to a group of rodents with 62 species worldwide, 38 of them found in North America. The name comes from their habitat, often open areas and grasslands of temperate and tropical regions. These animals have short legs and tails, and strong claws, which they use to dig burrows......[Read More]
Habitat of the Short-Tailed Chinchilla

Habitat of the Short-Tailed Chinchilla

Short-tailed chinchillas have been prized for their beautiful blue-gray fur since ancient times. Unfortunately, mankind trapped chinchillas almost to the point of extinction because of the high monetary value of their soft, dense pelts. Today they are considered a critically endangered species. The ......[Read More]
How to Find a Lost Hamster in Your House

How to Find a Lost Hamster in Your House

With hands that are able to grasp onto doors, and enough intelligence to know how many cage doors work, hamsters are known for becoming escape artists. If your small pet is lost in your home, a little ingenuity will help you find it and return it to its cage.......[Read More]
How to Raise Baby Flying Squirrels

How to Raise Baby Flying Squirrels

If you find a litter of baby flying squirrels that appear to have been abandoned or lost their mother, it's a good idea to take them. Many lost or abandoned baby animals do not survive on their own in the wild. If you cannot get in touch with a licensed wildlife rehabilitation center and are able, t......[Read More]
How to Care for Old Hamsters

How to Care for Old Hamsters

Hamsters' lifespans are usually 1 ½ to 2 ½ years, with one-year-olds already considered middle aged. Your old hamster will eat less, move less, sleep more and arise slower and much later than before. It's extremely difficult watching your little friend age and slowly pass away, but there ......[Read More]
Colors & Types of Hamsters

Colors & Types of Hamsters

Hamsters come in a variety of sizes and colors.hamster image by cat from Fotolia.comNo small rodent remains quite so popular a pet as the hamster. There are many different types of hamster from which to choose, and each breed comes in various shapes, sizes and colors. Whether a fluffy.........[Read More]
How to Breed Campbell's Dwarf Hamsters

How to Breed Campbell's Dwarf Hamsters

Campbell's Russian Dwarf Hamsters are small, growing to a maximum length of four inches. They are named for W. C. Campbell, who discovered them in the early 1900s. They are found mainly in Russia, China and Mongolia. Breeding Campbell's Dwarf Hamsters is not difficult and there are only a few things......[Read More]
What Is the Habitat of a Rat?

What Is the Habitat of a Rat?

The two most common North American rat species are the Norway rat and the Roof rat. These animals originated in Asia but spread throughout the world by ships. Rats are considered to be scavengers and therefore can usually survive on almost anything, in almost any kind of environment. Rats are rodent......[Read More]
How to Breed Hairless Rats

How to Breed Hairless Rats

Hairless rats, sometimes referred to as Sphynx rats or dumbo rats, can be difficult to breed. Female hairless rats tend to lack a maternal nature and do not lactate sufficiently to support the healthy growth of young. They are most safely bred from a haired Rex female that carries the hairless gene,......[Read More]
How to Feed Infant Squirrels

How to Feed Infant Squirrels

Baby squirrels often become dislodged from their nests during severe storms. The mother may also succumb to a predator or other mishap which leaves the infants orphans. Most squirrels have three to four babies at a time. Born blind and hairless, the young infants depend completely on their mother. T......[Read More]