As part of the same family as Chinchillas and guinea pigs, degus are rodents living in large, complex communities of underground burrows that dig into their grasslands in Chile.
A Degu’s Appearance as well as Behavior
Size comparable to the guinea pig, however, sporting brown fur as well as a long, short tail. Degus appear like giant Gerbils. They are round and squat in shape and weigh anywhere from a half pound and a pound and can grow up to 10-12 inches in length, from their noses to the tip of their tails. The tail tip is covered in black fur, and their bellies are adorned with brown fur. Do Birds Have Ears They also have bristly hair on their hind feet?
The rodents in this small size are extremely intelligent and are able to adapt to both the nocturnal (night) and diurnal (day) sleep patterns. They also have medical issues like separation anxiety, diabetes, symptoms reminiscent of Alzheimer’s, as well as similar behaviors to ADHD, which makes them ideal laboratory models for studying these illnesses.
It wasn’t until the past decade or so, did degus became popular as pets similar to their chinchillas, relatives, and Guinea porcines. Certain states, however including California, Alaska, and Georgia as well as some areas of Canada do not permit the ownership of degus as they are considered to be invasive creatures in the states. People who are interested in owning degus should inquire with their state to find out whether the ownership is legal.
The Degu Levels of Activity and the Personality
Contrary to many rodents, like hamsters and Chinchillas which are active during the night degus are active during the day and then sleep in the evening, which makes them ideal for pets. Degus are pet friendly and live on average, between 6 and 9 years when they receive proper care and food. They have excellent eyesight and are able to detect UV (UV) light. This is a feature that could have some social significance within the natural world because their urine as well as the fur of their stomachs reflect ultraviolet light.
Degus are extremely friendly and lively and form close bonds with their owners as well as together with the other dogs. They can recognize other degus as well as their owners through sight and sound. They often sit on their hind feet in their cages to signal that they’re ready to leave when they meet their owners. They communicate with one another via a wide range that includes greater than 12 distinct sounds that newborn degus acquire from parents when they develop. Degus can make a squeak, chatter, or make loud noises, based on their mood.
Making the Habitat Top Cages as well as Toys for Degus
Because degus grow continuously teeth, they are in constant desire to chew and need to be kept in safe cages where they are unable to chew away at their own. The bigger the cage the more secure it. Metal cages, with multi-levels, designed for pet rats or chinchillas are typically suitable for the housing of degus.
Different cage levels meet degus the need to run and climb. Wire mesh cages offer good ventilation, and should be fitted with solid-bottomed floors, as well as ramps linking the levels to ensure the tiny toes of degus do not become stuck within the mesh. Tanks with plastic bottoms designed for rodents of smaller sizes are not appropriate, since degus could be able to chew through the mesh. A nest box such as upside-down cardboard or wooden box, or a huge ceramic flower pot that is placed on its side, within the cage, must be provided to degus so that they can get a place to hide and then burrow.
Diet: The Top Foods for Degus
The Degus, also known as herbivores (vegetable-eaters) who consume leaves and plants when they are in nature. Due to their diet on grasses with high fiber that are found in nature, degus’ digestive tracts are not tolerant of sugar. If they’re fed too much sugar, they become diabetic and are used as models of research to study human diabetics. Therefore, pets shouldn’t receive sugary snacks however,
they should be provided with rodent pellets from a commercial source or blocks (those specifically designed specifically for rats are usually excellent) as well as leafy greens like the dark dandelion or dark lettuce dandelion greens and vegetables, such as sweet potatoes bell peppers, cucumbers, and carrots, as well as unlimited quantities of grass hay such like Timothy and Orchard grass. Alfalfa is good hay to feed only on occasion, as it is high in calories and protein and can cause overweight.
Hay is important not just for providing
fiber to your intestinal tract, but as well to aid in the wear and tear of the teeth that are constantly growing as they chew. Food should be consumed daily in two large bowls that are not tippable.
Not just sweet foods like fruit, or sweets that contain honey or molasses are to avoid, but so should high-fat seeds and nuts. These kinds of foods should be only served as treats on occasion. In addition, degus must be supplied with clean drinkers in sipper bottles every day and food dishes must be washed with soapy, hot water each day.
Degu Health Concerns
Degus are usually tough rodents when they are properly cared and fed appropriately. If they’re provided with a balanced diet, they will not require supplements of minerals or vitamins. They do not need vaccinations. To ensure their health However, any newly adopted or purchased degus must undergo a thorough physical examination
conducted by a veterinarian who is familiar with the species. Blue Colored Birds Degus are required to undergo annual physical examinations following that, and they should visit an animal veterinarian when they exhibit signs of illness like lack of appetite, lethargy or weight loss, or weakening. They may also require regular grooming, including trimming their nails every couple of months at home or in the office of a veterinarian in the event that the owner isn’t comfortable cutting their nails.
While degus can be kept in general good health by taking proper health care and preventative checks They are at risk of developing certain diseases including diabetes because of their sensitivity to sugars from food. They can also develop cataracts (milky eyes that look hazy within their eye) usually due to the development of diabetes. Degus who are young may develop cataracts due to an eye defect that is not associated with diabetes. However, any degus that have cataracts must be examined for diabetes.