Normal body temperature for a guinea pig is between 99 and 103 degrees Fahrenheit, with an average rectal temperature of 103 F, according to LSU's School of Veterinary Medicine. Guinea pigs do best at an ambient temperature similar to comfortable room temperature for humans, about 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Guinea pigs are vulnerable to heatstroke and tolerate lower temperatures better than higher temperatures. Outside temperatures above 80 degrees are risky, even if the animal is confined to the shade. Because they are so vulnerable to overheating, guinea pig cages should be kept out of direct sunlight and should be located in an area with good air circulation.Learn More
The eyes of many species of vertebrates appear to glow at night because of the reflection of light in the eye across a thin membrane called the tapetum lucidum. Located directly behind the retina, this membrane enhances animals' vision in night or low-light conditions by reflecting light back through the retina.Full Answer >
Hamsters are small rodents that can be kept as pets and will consume a variety of prepared hamster foods, such as hamster pellets, in addition to suitable fruits and vegetables, such as lettuce, carrots or apples. Variety is an important aspect of hamster diets, and those people who feed their little pets prepared pellet food should rotate that with supplemental foods such as seeds and vegetables. Some fruits and vegetables, including rhubarb and grapes, may be poisonous or otherwise harmful to hamsters, so hamster owners should double check before feeding their pets any non-packaged or hamster-specific foods.Full Answer >
To take care of a ferret, check that it is neutered or spayed, feed the pet regularly, and make a spacious cage. Ensure the ferret gets supplements, if needed, and regular bathing.Full Answer >
According to Hamsterific.com, hamsters should not be given baths unless it is absolutely necessary. Hamsters have natural oils on their fur that serve important functions, and bathing a hamster removes these natural oils. Hamsters can also catch colds if they are not dried properly after bathing.Full Answer >