PG 70 SMALL WONDER
small, adorable and fluffy, Degus are one of four species of ratlike South American rodents found primarily in the lower western slopes of the Andes Mountains. They are one of the most common mammals found in Central Chile. Its name derives from the language indigenous to Chile, Mapudungun.
Unlike most rodents, Degus are diurnal. They are active during the day, especially in the mornings and late afternoons. These rodents are extremely intelligent and can adapt to different sleeping patterns. Degus have outstanding vision and can even see ultraviolet light.
Degus form close bonds with their owners, especially when handled daily. They need to be rewarded with treats during handling, so they don’t nip their owners. These critters can recognise their paw-rents and others of their kind by sight and sound, and will even stand up to greet them upon recognition. These lovable pets are even known to groom their paw-rents to show their affection. They also love to be stroked.
Communicating using up to 15 unique sounds, Degus chatter, squeak and make warbling noises—depending on their mood—to tell each other and their pawrents how they are feeling.
While this critter has an adorable tuft of fur at the end of its tail, it is not just for aesthetic purposes. When feeling threatened in the wild, a Degu will drop the fur on its tails in order to distract predators. Although this phenomenon is interesting, it is painful for the animal, as it will chew the end of its tail in order to prevent any sort of infection. Hence, it is important not to lift this rodent by the tail, as it could cause distress. It also needs to be held close to its handler's body because it dislikes having its legs dangle.
With continuously growing teeth, it
Found on the slopes of the Andes Mountains, these tiny critters love to "talk" to their paw-rents and fellow Degus.
is important to provide Degus with chews so they can constantly gnaw on something. Since they like to chew, it is recommended that they be housed in metal or secure enclosures. Otherwise, they might chew their way out.
As Degus are sensitive to dietary sugars, they may develop diabetes. They may also suffer from cataracts, diarrhoea, and overgrown or impacted teeth.
A highly active creature, it is recommended that your Degu has some supervised exercise outside of its cage. In terms of diet, this critter is strictly herbivore. Avoid fresh fruits, as they contain too much sugar.
While Degus are adorable and fun to keep as pets, they are not recommended for anyone under 16 years of age as they are not easy critters to care for. It is also important to note that Degus are considered to be exotic pets, and while Singapore has limitations on such pets, Degus are not found on this list. Regardless, it is crucial that you check with the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore before adopting one.
FAST FACTS • Size Small; 170 to 300g. • Colours Yellowish brown with a pale yellow spot above and below each eye, and a blacktipped tail. • Grooming frequency Low; provide a dust bath. • Exercise Active; needs exercise outside of the cage as...
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