Rodents

All rodents have one upper jaw and one lower jaw set of two continuously growing front teeth that must be worn down by gnawing. The order's smallest members are the 2.4 inch/6 centimeter African pygmy mouse and Baluchistan pygmy jerboa. Questions typically refer to the order's laboratory contributions to scientific advances, important representatives, geographic ranges, and environmental roles in seed dispersion and soil food web life.

Asked in Guinea Pigs, Rodents

Can guinea pigs eat fish?

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No, guinea pigs CANNOT eat fish, they are vegetarians and fish could make them sick and/or kill them
Asked in Holidays and Traditions, Rodents, Gophers and Groundhogs, Groundhog Day

Did they use a badger or a hedgehog instead of a groundhog on Groundhog's Day in Europe?

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Europeans do not have an equivalent of Groundhog Day. In Canada and the US, Ground Hog Day is a silly annual festival, held in late winter, to 'predict" how soon Spring will come to the area, Groundhog Day in the US (as seen in the Bill Murray film) is 2nd February. Early in the morning, of the " Day ", a tame Ground Hog, is observed, to see if there is enough daylight for him " to see his shadow ". The result means either 6 more weeks of winter weather, or a earlier than normal spring thaw of the lakes and rivers, which are frozen in winter in Canada. A number of towns hold such a "Ground Hog Festival" as a tourist boost for the town. Some attract huge crowds, as much as 25,000 people to a town with a normal population of 5,000. The Day is allways held on a week end to get maximum attendance, and TV stations all ways send a camera crew to do a "live remote shoot". It is all in fun, and nobody takes it seriously at all. Pre-Christian Celts observed solar cycles halfway between each solstice and equinox; these are called Quarter Days. On Quarter Days, the "veil" between this world and the Otherworld or spirit world is thinnest. This is the best time to see into the future, with the aid of the spirits. On Samhuin (now Halloween) one dresses as a ghoul so that spirits intent on mischief would mistake you for one of their own and pass by. Groundhog day corresponds to Imbolc, therefore it has the prognostication aspect. Hedgehogs are "used" in Britain. Don't pick one up - they're loaded with fleas. The underlying principle behind Groundhog Day in North America was almost certainly brought over by settlers from western Europe. Both in England and Scotland there are old weather sayings about the same date (2 February) which is celebrated in many Christian traditions as the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the popular name for which is Candlemas. All these sayings are similar; one example is: "If Candlemas Day be fair and bright Winter will have another fight; But if Candlemas Day brings clouds and rain, Winter's gone and won't come again." The principle behind the rhyme is this: in NW Europe (including the British Isles), sunny weather in early February is normally associated with anticyclonic weather, which often persists for long periods and brings long periods of cold, frosty weather. Cloudy, rainy weather is usually associated with depressions coming in from the Atlantic and the weather is consequently less cold, snow and frost appearing only briefly, if at all. The important thing is that by early February the weather is normally set in a pattern in that one or other of the above types tends to persist, usually for several weeks.
Asked in Rodents, Hedgehogs

What is the scientific name or taxonomic classification of the rodent HEDGEHOG?

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The scientific or taxonomic name would be Atelerix albiventris. Answer There are many species of hedgehog. Hedgehogs come from genera Atelerix and Erinaceus. They are not rodents. In older classification they come from the Order Insectivora of the Class Mammalia. In newer classification, they come from the Order Eulipotyphla with their relatives the shrews and talpid moles.
Asked in Care of Mice and Rats, Rodents, Mice and Rats

Does rat hate noises?

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Well you see it depends on if it is a loud noise or very quiet, and also the pitches if it is a high pitch and very loud they will freak. its quiet with a low pitch it dose not effect them. but it really depends on the rat. most are like this though. hope it was help....please if you need to copy and paste it, i don't care. (: hope it was help
Asked in Guinea Pigs, Rodents

Can a guinea pig nail rot?

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Yes so make sure your guinea pigs get their nails clipped regularly, and when the guinea pig's nails start to curve put the run on concrete so they can scratch away and ware their nails down. Bent nails can be painful so keep an eye out as it makes it easier for guinea pigs to dig out of the run.
Asked in Rodents, Chinchillas

How long does a chinchilla stay pregnant for?

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anywhere from 102-111 days the number of babies she has varies from 1-4
Asked in Guinea Pigs, Rodents, Hamsters, Applesauce

Can guinea pigs eat applesauce?

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No they can't. Some of the contents in applesauce may have high sugar content or unhealthy ingredients that will make the guinea pig sick. It depends on what's in the applesauce but just to be safe I wouldn't feed my guinea pig applesauce. Instead, feed your pet lot of bell peppers! they're high in vitamin C which guinea pigs need a lot of :) I always feed mine green but experiment and see which one your pet likes best. And if you wanted to feed your pet applesauce because it was sweet then feed your guinea pig yogurt drops. They have th3em in almost ALL pet stores and rodent pets LOVE them <333. I hope this information was helpful to you :)!
Asked in Guinea Pigs, Rodents, Hamsters

What does Guinea Pig mean?

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stout-bodied nearly tailless domesticated cavy; often kept as a pet and widely used in research or a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation. subject: a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures
Asked in Guinea Pigs, Rodents

Why do guinea pigs climb on each other?

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because they are ready for having a baby because they are having sex but they do it differently to us
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Do two guinea pigs from different litters fight?

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Yea Improved: This is a possibility, but is not always the case. Many guinea pigs get along just fine; no matter what litter they are from. On the other hand, two guinea pigs may fight whether they are from different litters or not. You should always be careful and monitor interactions between two guinea pigs who are just meeting. Once you are sure they will not fight, you can let them be together in a large enough cage without constant supervision.
Asked in Guinea Pigs, Rodents

Why do guinea pigs twitch so much?

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Guinea Pigs jerk because in the wild they are in constant danger, so are alert and aware
Asked in Rodents

Are rock chucks and prairie dogs the same?

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No, they are not the same. The Yellow-bellied Marmot ( Marmota flaviventris ), also known as the Rock Chuck , is a ground squirrel in the marmot genus. Yellow-bellied Marmots usually weigh between 5 and 11 lb when fully grown. The groundhog ( Marmota monax ), also known as a woodchuck or whistle-pig , or in some areas as a land-beaver is a rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrel.
Asked in Chemistry, Rodents, Pest Control

What is the best rodent pest control strategy?

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The best rodent pest control stratgey is using a combination of methods. This would include confining and trapping any existing rodents, as well as rodent proofing your home by making your home less rodent friendly and sealing off entry points.
Asked in Guinea Pigs, Rodents

How much should an adult domestic guinea pig way?

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On average the adult domestic guinea pig should weigh about 2 pounds
Asked in Guinea Pigs, Rodents, Scabies

Can guinea pigs get scabies?

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, Yes they can, and it is a very painful condition to them. They shed flakes of skin and scratch like crazy, and it usually takes a while before you can notice that it is serious. The itching is caused by mites that are microscopic and under their skin, and causes them to wheek in pain. Worst is that they can scratch so much that they start bleeding and infect their wounds as a result causing really serious conditions, so a check on how their are doing and how it is progressing is needed. The itiching is also causing them a lot of stress. A visit to the vet is needed asap and treatment with specific behind the neck medication applied on them (sometimes with repeats needed every 2 weeks for a month). I can't remember the name of the medicine but it is a worldwide scabies pet medicine so your vet will know. Guineas usually shed a lot of hair as a result of the scratching and end up with big bald patches in which, after it gets better, hair will slowly grow back. Our Piggy had that when he was a Baby soon after we got him from the pet shop, so we don't know how or where he caught it... It got better after roughly 6 weeks. The main thing is first to go to the vet and have them put the medicine of the piggy, because I tried lots of other stuff on him not knowing it was scabies and in the meantime it got worse...so as soon as symptoms like sneezing a lot, scratching, flakes of skin shed, and hairloss around the scratching area..go to the vet ASAP. x
Asked in Land Mammals, Rodents, Gophers and Groundhogs

Do gophers eat birch tree roots?

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NO. ** i disagree gophers will eat just about any root . even ones that are reported that they dont like.
Asked in Guinea Pigs, Rodents

What cereal can guinea pigs eat?

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My two guinea pigs love weetabix with a wee bit or milk for there calcium :)
Asked in Care of Mice and Rats, Rodents

How much does it cost for a mouse check up?

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Well mice don't really need check up's unless you see or feel that something is wrong. But depending on where you live and the vet you go to, I think about $20-30.
Asked in Rodents, Grasslands

Why are the prairies treeless grasslands?

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because they are the wheat basket of the world
Asked in Rodents, Gophers and Groundhogs, Groundhog Day

When is Groundhog Day?

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Groundhog Day is on February 2.
Asked in Care of Fish, Rodents, Freshwater Aquariums

How do you turn a mouse tank into a fish tank?

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If it's a fish tank that has previously been used for keeping mice, then all you need to do is rinse it out thoroughly with hot water (don't use cleaning agents) and then set up a filter and heater, just as for any other fish tank - there are loads of websites that explain how to set up an aquarium. Don't forget to cycle your tank before you add fish! If you bought the tank as a mouse tank, I strongly recommend against trying to keep fish in it. This is because a mouse tank was never intended to hold water, and the quality of the glass and the seals just won't be adequate for the weight and pressure when it's full of water. It may not be watertight, and even if it is, you have a very good chance of coming home to find that either the sealant or the glass itself has failed and there's water all over the floor. In addition, the sealant used may be liquid nails or similar, which will leach toxic chemicals into the water and kill the fish.
Asked in Guinea Pigs, Rodents

Do guinea pigs need exercise balls?

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ABSOLUTELY NOT! Guinea Pigs have a natural upward curve of the spine. When you put them in an exercise ball you are forcing the spin in an unnatural position and its bone structure can't handle it! You should never put your Guinea Pig in an exercise ball. Give the Guinea Pigs ample room to run around, toys, and a mate and they will maintain their own fitness.
Asked in Guinea Pigs, Rodents

What does it mean when a guinea pig purrs for half a second?

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It usually means they're happy, they might also 'popcorn' whicj is when they suddenly jump-that also just means they're happy