Mammals at D&G Pets
Sugar Gliders (Petaurus breviceps) are small, nocturnal marsupials from Australia, Indonesia and New Guinea and are named for their ability to glide through the air thanks to a flap of skin between their front and rear legs. These animals are fast moving, energetic and easily stressed, but very cute! Sugar Gliders are very social and do well in pairs, but also are known to bond with their people . Some Sugar Gliders can live to be over 10 years old. Their diet requires a mixture of protein, vegetables, fruits and plenty of Calcium. Come to our store and learn more about care for Sugar Gliders.
Domestic Hedgehogs (Atelerix albiventris), also known as African Pygmy Hedgehogs, are small mammals that possess quills on their backs. Given this, Hedgehogs aren’t usually considered domestic house pets, but these exotic animals actually make very good companions. They still have a predator-detection instinct from when they were in the wild so they might be hesitant at first, but eventually they will become very attached to their owner just like most domesticated animals. They do have a tendency to become obese if not given exercise however, so make sure to give it plenty of room to play (they love toy trucks!). There aren’t many pet stores selling Hedgehogs so make sure to come in and check them out for yourself.
Chinchillas (Chinchilla chinchilla) are medium-sized rodents from the South American country of Chile. They’re considered one of the more exotic small animals you can own, which means they require a yearly check-up to confirm maintained healthiness. Chinchillas are very active animals and require up to two hours of exercise a day. Since they’re natural “chewers” and have constantly growing teeth, you have to be careful about where you let them roam (a large chinchilla-proof area is ideal) because they will chew through anything including your baseboards. As long as they have adequate exercise chinchillas are awesome pets! They’re very social creatures and form strong connections with their human friends. They do however like to be in pairs, so when considering a Chinchilla that is something to keep in mind.
Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) are very common in the wild and most everyone has seen one. They’re known for their very long ears and “bouncy” hind legs, meant for running and jumping. Most people think of rabbits as very skittish and shy animals, but domesticated rabbits are actually very social and love human interaction (they can even be litter-trained!). All they need is a couple hours of exercise a day and a consistently clean cage; rabbits are actually very OCD about their cleanliness. They’re great additions to a family so come in and meet our rabbits today!
Guinea Pigs (Cavia porcellus) are medium-sized rodents from South America. They are most easily recognized by their interesting fur types, there are three common ones: short and glossy, long and silky, and fluffy tufts. Guinea pigs are widely regarded as the perfect starter pet because of how docile, friendly and easy to handle they are; they’re even known to squeak with delight when their favorite human comes into the room. Being very social creatures it is best to keep them in groups of two, two females has proven to be the best combination. So if you’re looking for a good starter pet for your child, Guinea Pigs from our store would be a great way to go!
Related to the Chinhilla and Guinea Pig, Degus (Octodon degus) are a large rat-looking species from Chile. However, their long tails are hairy instead of bald, making them even cuter! They are gregarious and social animals and communicate with one another using 15 different sounds! They are active during the day, unlike a lot of our small animals, making them ideal pets for companionship. Please, never feed a Degu sugar, as they can develop diabetes especially quickly. This has also made them a prime research candidate for diabetes. Also never grab a Degu by their tail, as the tail will NOT grow back and it is painful for your friend. Degus love to chew, so keep that in mind during playtime. What makes Degus great pets is their bubbly personalities and ability to bond with humans. They will often “groom” their owners with their teeth as a sign of affection. Their intelligence makes them easy to train.
Gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus) are very similar to hamsters but instead of being nocturnal, are most active during the day. This makes them a much more suitable pet for small children. They’re very frisky however, so make sure your child has mastered proper handling techniques and the gerbils cage and play area are properly sealed because they can escape very easily. If these things are addressed properly, a gerbil is a great addition to a family with small children.
Mice & Rats
Rats (Rattus norvegicus) have been given a bad reputation because of their distant cousin, the wild rat. Wild rats are vectors for disease and plague, and tend to be very feared. The domestic rat, also known as the fancy rat, is nothing like the wild rat, physiologically or psychologically. The domestic rat is very social and loveable, known to ride on their owners shoulders and take naps in their lap. They also don’t develop diseases that wild rats tend to, unless introduced into a wild rat population for a long period of time, which isn’t likely to happen. If you’re looking for a smart, loving pet that’s easy to take care of, give our fancy rats a try!
The Syrian hamster (Mesocricetus auratis), also known as the golden hamster, is what most people think of when they imagine a hamster; this is mainly due to their small size and cuteness in nature. What most potential pet owners don’t know are that hamsters are nocturnal creatures that sleep pretty much all day, which doesn’t fit in very well with the schedule of young children that these animals are mainly purchased for. This constant disruption of their daytime sleep is what leads to the over-generalization of hamsters as biters. Hamsters can be great pets but due to this nocturnal nature shouldn’t be purchased for small children.