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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.

Pet Stores: The good, the bad, and the… yuck

Finding the good ones For obvious reasons we recommend patronizing pet stores that do not sell animals. Some stores we DO recommend: Ani-Mall (Morrisville) All Pets Considered (Greensboro) Phydeaux (Carrboro) We realize that this is not always convenient, and sometimes you have to choose among the ones that do sell animals. When this is theRead More

Safe Wheels

The Wodent Wheel has been recommended by many people and it seems that our pet rodents love the wheel’s entrance holes & feel more secure because of them. They also avoid the threat of damaged limbs & broken bones, which comes with unsuitable wheels. Although the Wodent Wheel can be provided for many species andRead More

Hamster Stories – Hibernation

Pauline tells her story: That reminds me of something that happened to me with a teddy bear hamster I had when I was a kid. My parents had just renovated a garage into a bedroom by knocking a hole into the wall and joining it to the house, and as a result, the poorly insulatedRead 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