Hamsters cannot eat lettuce in large quantities, but they can have it as a rare treat. Too much lettuce causes diarrhea and liver problems. Iceberg lettuce should never be fed to hamsters because of its high water content and lack of nutrients.
Safe fresh foods for hamsters include hard-boiled eggs, small amounts of fruit, parsley, cooked rhubarb, sweet potatoes, water spinach, squash, bell peppers and most herbs. While controversial, some pet owners feed their hamsters cooked meat, dog food, monkey chow and live mealworms to satisfy the hamsters' omnivorous nature. Other supplemental foods for hamsters include dry yeast and parakeet or canary seed.Learn More
There are many commercial rodent foods that are available for pet mice; these foods come in block or pellet form. The food should be made up of at least 16 percent protein and 18 percent fiber, and it must not have more than 4 percent of fat.Full Answer >
Moles spend most of their lives underground. The Townsend mole, the most common species of moles in North America, prefers to live in fields, meadows, pastures and woods shaded by vegetation. The Pacific mole, also known as coast mole, inhabits habitats full of brush and dry wood.Full Answer >
Tree squirrels don't hibernate during the winter, but many species mate, hunker down in their winter nests and live off of food storage during the cold months. These winter nests are distinct from summer nests, and are located underground or in abandoned buildings.Full Answer >
The common eastern gray squirrel can live up to 12.5 years in the wild or 20 years in captivity. Other species have differing life spans; for instance, the southern flying squirrel lives for 5 to 6 years in the wild and up to 10 years in captivity.Full Answer >