Guinea pigs are natural swimmers but may not appreciate being put into the water. They will swim if forced by being placed in water but often find it distressing.Know More
A good way to determine if a particular guinea pig enjoys swimming is to test its reaction when giving it a bath. Placing a guinea pig in a few inches of water to gauge its comfort level will provide a basic idea as to whether or not that guinea pig enjoys swimming.
If a guinea pig does enjoy swimming, it should only be allowed to swim in fresh water pools. Saltwater and chlorine-treated water is harmful to a guinea pig's health.Learn more about Rodents
Guinea pigs generally have between one and four babies, or pups, in each litter, according to Guinea Lynx. However, on rare occasions, a mother guinea pig, also called a sow, can have seven or more pups in a litter.Full Answer >
Guinea pigs are relatively vocal animals and use squeaking as a way to communicate emotions such as fear and happiness, according to About.com. Not only do guinea pigs squeak to communicate with other guinea pigs, but also as a way to communicate with humans.Full Answer >
There are two different types of hairless guinea pigs: skinny pigs and Baldwin guinea pigs. Skinny pigs have a very small amount of fuzz on their feet and noses, and Baldwin guinea pigs are entirely hairless.Full Answer >
The origin of the term "guinea pig" is uncertain. It perhaps comes from English speakers using the location Guinea to mean a vague, foreign land and the animal's resemblance to small pigs. Guinea pigs are native to the Andes and not from any location named Guinea past or present.Full Answer >