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Rodent Species

Many of the rodent species have cheek pouches, which is used for the storing of food and nesting material. Some rodents have external cheek pouches and others have internal cheek pouches, the hamster for instance has internal cheek pouches. The pouches are very substantial often allowing for a huge quantity of contents and reaching past the shoulder when full to capacity – manipulating from behind with the hand will then empty the pouches.
The largest rodent is the capybara but many rodents are comparatively small mammals such as the hamster, rat and mouse.

All rodents are plantigrade (they place the full length of their foot, including podials and metapodials, on the ground during each stride) although the faster ones are able to lift up onto their digits. The sole of their feet are usually bare. The characteristic rodents have short limbs, showing 4 or 5 digits on each hand and 3 to 5 digits on their feet. In addition to the plantigrade rodents there are others such as the saltatorial rodents (hoppers). Most rodents use their hands as actual hands, although there is no thumb but the controlling capability is good.

Some rodents live in trees (arboreal), some live under the ground in tunnels and some live in and out of water and of course many rodents are able to exist effortlessly in close contact with humans.

We don’t mean wild rodents, like rats or mice, if you see this kind of animals you better look for mouse repellent and get rid of them as soon as possible.
A rodents diet is very varied but most are in actual fact herbivores (plant eaters only) and most eat seeds. You will find that many species eat insects and bugs and some rodents are omnivores (obtaining food from plants and animals).

To a greater or lesser degree most rodents are herbivores, therefore it is important that they have a digestive system that can manage the almost hard to digest cellulose of plants.

Home Health Check

It is very important to make subtle inspections of your pet rodent on a daily basis, to help notice any pain, distress or injuries in time, so that prompt action can be taken. The following signs are a handful of indicators that your pet is not feeling well: Showing little or no interest in foodRead More

Catching an escaped rodent

Position a bucket or similar such as a storage box on the floor in a room that you think your pet rodent is in, making sure that the bucket is escape proof, you could also add another bucket to other rooms. Next, construct an access ramp that leads up to the rim of the bucketRead More

Gerbils

Gerbils do not like to live their lives as a solitary gerbil; they long for for the company of their own kind. In the wild, gerbils will live in groups and we should try and echo this as best we can – two or more gerbils, same sex and from the same litter is perfect.Read More

Rodent Species. Part 2

Rodents have a large post digestive caecum, which contains intense bacterial flora. Being post digestive means that the valuable nutrients of food would be lost given that the absorption must take place in the small intestine. Most rodents have a way of dealing with this; they practise a specific form of coprophagy. Once the foodRead More

Syrian Hamster

Syrian hamsters are rodents and the unique distinction of this species is ‘Golden’ and they are found in countless homes across the world kept as pets and they make great pets for both children and adults. Regrettably, this species of hamster has also had a great many other names bestowed upon him such as Fancy,Read More