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Care of Rabbits

January 9, 2010 by  
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The domestic rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) was historically used for fur and meat, as well as for medical research.  Today, rabbits are popular as pets because of their loveable nature and relative ease of care.  Rabbits are not rodents but lagomorphs.  The identifying characteristic of… Read more

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Care of Guinea Pigs

December 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Exotic Mammals

Introduction Guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus) are rodents native to South America and were raised by the Incas for food and for use during religious ceremonies.  Today, these animals are raised as pets and laboratory research animals.  Guinea pigs are lively, interactive, gentle pets.  They are… Read more

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Care of Ferrets

December 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Ferrets

Ferrets (Mustela putorius furo) are carnivores in the family Mustelidae, and are related to weasels, mink, badgers, and otters.  Male ferrets are called hobs, females are called jills, and babies are kits.  Breeding age is reached between the ages of 4 and 8 months of age, although most ferrets… Read more

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Care of Bearded Dragons

December 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Reptiles

Adapted from a handout written by Scott Stahl, DVM, DABVP (Avian). Housing Bearded dragons can be housed alone, in breeding pairs, or in groups with one male and two or more females.  Provide a terrarium size of at least 72 inches long by 16 inches wide by 17 inches high for a single adult… Read more

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Box Turtle Care

December 8, 2009 by  
Filed under Reptiles

Box turtles are among the most popular reptiles kept as pets in the United States.  The ornate box turtle, the eastern box turtle, and the three-toed box turtle are commonly sold in the pet trade.  However, several subspecies exist and identification can be difficult.  Regardless of the species,… Read more

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